Face of modern architecture Charles Correa is no more

RSTV Bureau

charles_correaCharles Correa, a renowned architect and the face of the modern architecture in India passed away in Mumbai on Tuesday night following a brief illness. He was 84.

Correa is best known for pioneering work on low-income housing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his condolences on the micro blogging site twitter saying, “My deepest condolences on the passing away of the noted architect, Mr. Charles Correa. May his soul rest in peace. Mr. Charles Correa’s architectural marvels are widely cherished, reflecting his brilliance, innovative zeal & wonderful aesthetic sense.”

Congress vice -president Rahul Gandhi has also offered his condolences.

“One of India’s greatest contemporary architects, Charles Correa will be remembered for his immense contribution to our urban landscape. My deepest condolences to his family,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Correa played a defining role in developing architecture in India. He has designed some of the most outstanding structures like the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Ahmedabad and the Madhya Pradesh assembly building.

Correa’s other famous landmarks include Handloom Pavilion in Delhi, Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, Permanent Mission of India at the United Nations in New York and the Kala Academy in Goa.

In the 1970s, Correa was the chief architect behind the creation of Navi Mumbai, the satellite suburb of Mumbai that was built across the harbour.

Later Correa was also appointed as the first chairman of the National Commission on Urbanisation.

For his outstanding contribution in the field of architecture, the Government of India awarded Corres with the Padma Shri in 1972 and the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 2006.

Not just in India, Correa made a name for himself globally. He won several national and international awards and was an regarded as an expert in urban planning and affordable housing.

Correa received awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Praemium Imperiale of Japan and the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which called him as “India’s greatest architect”.

Born in Secunderabad on September 1, 1930, Correa studied at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai before going to the University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Correa also taught at several universities in India and abroad.

He founded the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai in 1984. The Institute is dedicated to protecting the environment and improving urban communities.

(With inputs from the PTI)