Month: December 2021

pneumatique, prajna desai and ian mcLellan davis

A prose-poem combining translation and erasure, pneumatique (2021) springs from correspondence, written exclusively in French, and exchanged in 1963 between two architects, Eulie Chowdhury, an ambitious, young Indian architect, and Le Corbusier, the Swiss-French master of modern architectural design. Both were more than acquainted with each other during the lifetime of a unique historical episode in the history of twentieth century architecture. Chowdhury was Le Corbusier’s right arm in the team responsible for the planning, design, and execution of the new architecture of Chandigarh (1951-65) in north India.

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