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French Delegation impressed by Restoration work of Capitol Complex.

French Delegation impressed by Restoration work of Capitol Complex


Chandigarh, 6th February 2020: Delegation of French Govt. comprising of Ms Brigitte Bouvier Director, Foundation Le Corbusier, Bénédicte Gandini, Conservation Architect, Thierry Zimmer, Deputy Director, Laboratory of Research of Historic monuments (LRHM), Myriam Bouichou, Research Engineer (concrete specialist), Jean-Paul Midant, Professor of Architectural History & Culture at ENSA Paris-Belleville, Vanessa Fernandez, Research Teacher specializing in the restoration of 20th century held a meeting with Adviser to the Administrator Sh Manoj Parida IAS. The delegation visited the Capitol complex for assessing the ongoing restoration work in Capitol Complex in High Court, Civil Secretariat and Assembly building. The delegation also visited the restoration of exposed concrete façade work being undertaken in 30-bays building, 17 Bays building, Library, Town Hall, DC office, Pierre Jeanneret house, Le Corbusier Center. The delegation was so pleased and impressed to see the magnitude of restoration work being undertaken in the Capitol Complex by Chandigarh Administration, as the Capitol Complex is the largest complex amongst all the UNESCO listed heritage buildings planned by Le Corbusier.

The French delegation also visited the Govt. College of Art, Govt. Museum, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Govt. Press building, where the restoration of the buildings has to be undertaken by the Chandigarh Administration. The French delegation has shown keen interest in sharing of expertise of the restoration work being undertaken in Chandigarh and France, so as to highlight the legacy of Le Corbusier. They have shown willingness to share the expertise of the two countries and have proposed a road map, so that engineers and architects from both the countries can get together in the field of restoration of heritage buildings.