203 pages, ~ 200 colour photos, b/w illustrations
Originally published in 1998. Chandigarh, one of the greatest experiments in urban planning in India of the 20th century, is today as much famous for its landscaping, as it is for its architecture. An important feature of its planning was the recognition accorded to landscaping as an integral component of its master plan from the very inception. Today, Chandigarh presents a visual delight of a harmonious blend of buildings, trees and other landscape elements embellishing the skyline.
Thus, it was significant that the valuable lessons obtained from the tree plantation experience of Chandigarh, be recorded and preserved for posterity. Therefore, this book is an attempt to bring together in a single volume basic information about the tree plantation of Chandigarh.
The book is broadly divided into two components. The first component comprises critical essays on the inception, planning and the actual results as visibie today, of Chandigarh's tree plantation; and the second component is a directory of major tree species growing in Chandigarh, to enable their easy identification in the city. Nearly 200 colour pictures supplement the text to make the book more useful.
It has been designed primarily for the lay reader with a keen interest in: where, why and what trees exist in Chandigarh; and how they integrate with its overall landscape. It is in fact, a user-friendly reference book for all tree loving people of Chandigarh and elsewhere.
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