William Curtis briefly surveys ancient to contemporary architecture in India. He proposes a few enduring themes, such as concern for the climate, and relating forms to the human body. Curtis admits he is less interested in monumental architecture than the vernacular buildings of rural villages and urban slums. Curtis continues with a few examples Indian architecture of the 1970s. He identifies a move away from modernist references and back toward traditional Indian building principles. Curtis discusses Ahmedabad and the work of Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn, stressing the significance of the local textile industry, as well as the diverse religious influences. Curtis sees Ahmedabad as one of the most vital Asian architecture centers. He discusses the relationship between the work of B. V. Doshi in Ahmedabad to that of Le Corbusier.
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William Curtis argues that Le Corbusier’s architecture is multi-layered, and investigating his work requires attention to many different fields of meaning and connection. He characterizes his research and scholarship as an effort to rescue Le Corbusier from the platitudes that so often encrust him. Curtis prefers to take a long view of Le Corbusier, pretending he is 100 years away in order to bypass what he calls “the modernist and postmodernist fungus.” He discusses Le Corbusier’s travels to the East, memory and mis-remembering as an essential part of Le Corbusier’s creative method, and the Jantar Mantar observatory’s influence on Chandigarh.