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Charles Mark Correa

Born: 1 September 1930

Died: 16 June 2015

  • He was an Indian architect and urban planner.
  • Credited for the creation of modern architecture in post-Independent India, he was celebrated for his sensitivity to the needs of the urban poor and for his use of traditional methods and materials.
  • From 1970–75, he was Chief Architect for New Bombay (Navi Mumbai), where he was strongly involved in extensive urban planning of the new city.
  • In 1984, he founded the Urban Design Research Institute in Bombay, dedicated to the protection of the built environment and improvement of urban communities.
  • During the final four decades of his life, he has done pioneering work in urban issues and low-cost shelter in the Third World.
  • In 1985, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi appointed him Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanization.
  • From 2005 until his 2008 resignation he was the Chairman of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission.
  • In 2013, the Royal Institute of British Architects held a retrospective exhibition, “Charles Correa – India’s Greatest Architect”, about the influences of his work on modern urban Indian architecture.

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