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Last Burst before the End

Correa's Mumbai

Charles Correa was not just a master architect, he also engaged in public causes in Mumbai. Yet, his vision mostly failed to find a response from the planners, or was sabotaged.

Many younger architects and city activists wonder why Charles Correa, the master who passed away on 16 June 2015 in Mumbai at the age of 84, did not mentor more of them. In his earlier years, he did regularly tutor architecture students in the city and occasionally elsewhere in the country and in universities abroad.

On occasion, Correa took up public causes in Mumbai, such as the alternative plan to develop the notorious Backbay Reclamation, with marinas and the like. The fledgling Save Bombay Committee had taken on a venal Maharashtra Congress government in 1974 and successfully halted the plan. More famously, Correa called for a more city-friendly alternative to the redevelopment of mill land in 1996.

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