India’s ‘Greatest Architect,’ Charles Correa, Dies

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India’s ‘Greatest Architect,’ Charles Correa, Dies

For more than half a century, Indian architect Charles Correa championed modern architecture, planning cities and designing nearly 100 buildings in the country, from luxury condominiums to housing for the poor.

Mr. Correa died Tuesday night in Mumbai, according to his son-in-law Rahul Mehrotra. He was 84 years old.

Dubbed “India’s Greatest Architect” by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2013, Mr. Correa worked on the master plan for Navi Mumbai, a satellite town of the western Indian city of Mumbai, in the 1960s. The town spread across an area of almost 133 square miles.

He was also involved in several low-income housing projects, like one in Belapur in Navi Mumbai, where he aimed to bring individual identities to tightly-packed housing units and, at the same time, ensure equity between the houses. []

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