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Only connect: Charles Correa and the power of the empty centre
(Jun 18th 2015) I was saddened to hear the news of Charles Correa's death. An international name who declared he was proudly an Indian architect first, I was fortunate to interview him for Radio 3's Night Waves in May 2013. You can listen to the interview online here. This is the piece I wrote about meeting him: I interviewed Charles Correa, India's Greatest living architect at RIBA yesterday, which is holding a retrospective of his remarkable career till September 4th. He's just given them his archive of papers which you can explore online below. His story is a fascinating one and I urge you to go and have a look. It's free. He trained at the University of Michigan and MIT in the mid 50s as modernism was starting to bloom. And despite some landmark projects in Boston, Lisbon and Lima, he told journalists at the press preview that he regards himself as an Indian, not an international architect. We discussed the challenge of slums, city corruption, India's ambivalent attitude to