New Delhi: Charles Correa died in Mumbai on Tuesday evening after a brief illness. No Indian contemporary architect and urban planner matches Correa’s stature, oeuvre and vision.
Correa, a Padma Vibhushan and winner of many international awards, was 84. He is best known for his concern for the urban poor and using traditional materials and methods in his work. Till recently, he expressed deep concern about the way Mumbai’s new architecture, driven by the unfettered construction of the past two decades, has been transforming the city.
In the 1960s, Correa was the chief architect of Navi Mumbai, an urban growth centre across the harbour from Mumbai, now a fast-developing town. He is also known for the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Museum at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Centre in Boston, and most recently, the Champalimad Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon.
All his works are testimony to his lifelong concern for prevailing resources, and energy and climate as determining forces in creating spaces—an advocate of the open-to-sky concept of space development.
Correa’s wife, Monika Correa, is a weaving and textile expert based in Mumbai.