The City Beautiful, which is eager to hear the verdict of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on the heritage status for the Capitol Complex, part of the group of 17 buildings designed by French architect Le Corbusier, have to wait for some more time.
Following the failed military coup in Turkey, the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee was suspended at Istanbul on Saturday. The discussion on Le Corbusier’s works was to come up during the meeting.
UT chief architect Kapil Setia is presently in Instanbul, representing the UT administration. The delegates attending the conference were told about the suspension of the meeting, and advised not to move out of their hotel due to security concerns. The delegates enquired about the next course of action, but were told to wait till further directions.
The heritage meeting, which started last Sunday, is to decide on the heritage status to 29 sites across the world. The organisers are yet to decide whether to include some of the iconic modernist buildings of the Swiss-born architect who designed Chandigarh. Seventeen of his projects, including La Cite Radieuse housing project in Marseille, France, are being considered.
The International Council on Monuments and Sites, the world heritage body, had accepted the recommendations of the expert heritage committee formed by the home ministry, and put the Capitol Complex in grade-1.
Setia had earlier made a detailed presentation on the management plan of the Capitol Complex, which is India’s entry as part of the transnational serial dossier.