Charles Correa was an Indian architect, planner, activist, and theoretician who studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Michigan. He taught and lectured at many universities, both in India and abroad, including MIT, Harvard University, the University of London, and Cambridge University, where he was Nehru Professor. Mr. Correa is known for the wide range of his architectural work in India and on urbanisation and low-cost shelter in the Third World, which he articulated in his 1985 publication, The New Landscape.
His architectural designs have been internationally acclaimed and he has received many awards including the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal (1984), the Indian Institute of Architects Gold Medal (1987), the International Union of Architects Gold Medal (1990), and the Praemium Imperiale for Architecture from the Japan Art Association (1994). Professor Correa was a member of the 1980, 1983, 1986, and 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Steering Committees, and of the 1989 Award Master Jury. He was presented an Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the 1998 cycle as the architect of Vidhan Bhavan in Bhopal, India.
Over the past decade Correa's impact on global architecture extended far beyond India with international projects such as the Champalimaud Centre in Lisbon, the Brain Science Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ismaili Centre in Toronto.
Khan, Hasan-Uddin, ed. Early Work. In Charles Correa, 18-19. Singapore: Concept Media Ltd., 1987
Architect, planner, activist and theoritician, Charles Correa of India has earned his place as a major figure in contemporary architecture. His contribution to design and planning has been internationally acclaimed and he has received several major awards including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1980 and the 1984 Royal Gold Medal in Architecture.
This completely revised MIMAR book examines Correa's work - which covers a wide range of architecture and urban planning - from 1958 when he started his own practice, to 1986.
The book is divided into three parts. The first is an essay by Sherban Cantacuzino in which he explores Correa's approaches to design with "open-to-sky space" in a warm climate and the involvement with trying to achieve equity in the environment through urban planning in India. The second part of the book, by Hasan-Uddin Khan, illustrates the architect's work in four major sections - Early Work, Housing and Urban Planning, Resort Hotels, Public Buildings - through text, project descriptions and numerous photographs and drawings. A Chronological Lits of Works completes the section. The third part is an essay by Correa himself (written especially for this book), where he explains his own concerns in his work. Biographical and bibliographical information is also included.