1st Edition

Urban Planning in the Third World The Chandigarh Experience

By Madhu Sarin Copyright 1982
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1982 Urban Planning in the Third World is concerned with some of the critical issues underlying urban planning in the Third World. Taking the specific case of Chandigarh, planned or rather ‘designed’ by Le Corbusier as the new capital of Punjab following Partition, the author describes the development of the city, showing how concepts inherent in the master plan and the policies pursued in its implementation not merely ignored, but totally excluded a major section of the population from ‘legal’ housing and employment. The book sets a distinct theoretical framework, examining the Indian context at the time of Independence, the Western origins of the planning concepts applied in the city, and the process by which Le Corbusier finalized its master plan in a matter of days. The book also examines the social forces determining the temporary resolution of inherent conflicts in the plan and examines the growth of non-plan settlements in the city and the impact of the plan on the lives of the settlement residents.


    1. Introduction

    2. The Historical Setting

    3. Origins of the Planning Concepts Applied in Chandigarh

    4. Preparation and Framework of the Master Plan

    5. Conflicts and Contradictions Implicit in the Master Plan

    6. Development of Chandigarh, 1951-1981

    7. Growth of Non-Plan Settlements

    8. The People of the Non-Plan Settlements

    9. Housing and Investment in Non-Plan Settlements

    10. The Growth of Non-Plan Employment

    11. Employment in Non-Plan Enterprises

    12. Points of Departure for Positive Change




    Madhu Sarin