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What was the retainer fee charged by Le Corbusier for Chandigarh master plan?

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Chandigarh is the capital of both neighboring states of Haryana and Punjab but at the same time the city is not part of either of the two states and is governed directly by the Union Government. It was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design. In 2015, an article published by BBC named Chandigarh as one of the perfect cities of the world in terms of architecture, cultural growth and modernization. The city was reported to be one of the cleanest in India based on a national government study.

The iconic Swiss-French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, is the one who created the master plan for the city in 1950. Before Le Corbusier came into picture, earlier plans were prepared by the Polish architect Maciej Nowicki and the American planner Albert Mayer. Le Corbusier however, transformed these master plans to make it the most ideal and modern city in the world. Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex designed by Le Corbusier was in July 2016 declared by UNESCO as World Heritage at the 40th session of World Heritage Conference. The Capitol Complex buildings include the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Punjab and Haryana Secretariat and Punjab and Haryana Assembly along with monuments Open hand, Martyrs Memorial, Geometric Hill and Tower of Shadow. When Le Corbusier was approached for the project he was already a world-renowned architect and the Indian government was little hesitant to approach him initially due to exorbitant fees he used to charge. Finally, do you know what was retainership fees agreed upon?

Though Le Corbusier was an established architect and well known all over the world, an offer to design a new city right from the scratch really spurred him. For him it was unbelievable opportunity to design a capital city that too from scratch. Without much discussion Le Corbusier agreed to take up the project and that too at a retainer fee of just three thousand pounds per annum while his normal fees then was more than times of this! And rest is history!

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