Ar­chi­tect Cor­rea dies at age of 84

The China Post - - ARTS -

World-renowned In­dian ar­chi­tect Charles Cor­rea has died at the age of 84 af­ter a short ill­ness, an in­dus­try group said Wed­nes­day.

Cor­rea, who de­signed a num­ber of land­mark build­ings in In­dia in­clud­ing a me­mo­rial to Ma­hatma Gandhi, died in hos­pi­tal in the western In­dian city of Mum­bai late on Tues­day.

“Charles Cor­rea was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the in­fu­sion of moder­nity into In­dian ar­chi­tec­ture af­ter 1947. We have lost a trend set­ter and a very beloved fa­therly fig­ure,” Prakash Desh­mukh, the pres­i­dent of the In­dian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects, told AFP.

Cor­rea was awarded one of In­dia’s high­est civil­ian hon­ors, the Padma Vib­hushan, in 2006 and re­ceived the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects in 1984.

He de­signed the mod­ern city of Navi Mum­bai as a cleaner, more at­trac­tive al­ter­na­tive to the sprawl­ing be­he­moth of neigh­bor­ing Mum­bai, as well as the Gandhi mon­u­ment in Gu­jarat state.

Cor­rea also left his mark abroad, build­ing the Neu­ro­science Cen­tre for the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and de­sign­ing the Is­maili Cen­tre in Toronto.

In­dia’s Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi led the tributes to Cor­rea, tweet­ing that his ar­chi­tec­ture was “widely cher­ished, re­flect­ing his bril­liance, in­no­va­tive zeal & won­der­ful aes­thetic sense.”

Au­thor Ami­tav Ghosh tweeted that he was “deeply sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of Charles Cor­rea, mod­ern In­dia’s great­est ar­chi­tect and a dear friend.”

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