Podcast: Dr Iain Jackson asks ‘who lives in a modernist Indian house like this?’

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In episode three of the University of Liverpool’s new podcast series, Dr Iain Jackson, from the School of Architecture, guides listeners through the north of India, to this first planned city post independence in 1947. 

Part of a five-part series on the Envisioning the Indian City (ETIC) project, the Realise podcast features researchers as they work to gain a deeper understanding of the critical role played by Indian cities in negotiating contact with the rest of the world.

Listen to episode three here and read a ‘teaser’ from the podcast below:

“Who would live in a modernist Indian house like this?

Stark-clean white walls; crisp geometric forms, offset with intricate brick patterns.  Inside there are large spacious rooms – a kitchen; two bedrooms; and space on the roof for summer sleeping, overlooking a large shared garden with fruiting mango trees.

There are decent schools, parks, markets and shops, all within walking distance, and there are excellent employment opportunities.  This is not a Utopian fantasy, nor an Estate Agent’s pitch, but a quick description of the most basic house in the Indian city of Chandigarh, located in the Punjab in northern India.

India may not be the first place we associate with modern architecture and planning, but it is here, in Chandigarh, where over one million people live, mainly in modernist houses, arranged in rectilinear sectors, that tessellate to form a planned city grid.  The city was built from scratch following the independence and partition of India in the late 1940s.  It was considered a tangible metaphor for the Prime Minister Nehru’s political ambition.”

To listen to the full podcast and other episodes in the series visit:https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/realise-podcast/

For more information about the ETC project, visit:https://eticproject.wordpress.com/about/

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