World War II drove them apart. Jeanneret (pronounced zhen-eh-RAY) sympathized with the Communists and joined the French Resistance, while Le Corbusier tried to get work from Italian Fascists and Vichy puppet leaders. The pair managed to patch things up after the war to collaborate on Chandigarh, a vast new capital for the Punjab state in India.
Jeanneret lived at the construction site for more than a decade, overseeing workers and tailoring the buildings to maximize cross ventilation and provide monsoon protection. Le Corbusier sent over piles of drawings from Paris, and Jeanneret replied with affectionate letters to "Cher Corbu," according to his archive, now filed at the Canadian Center for Architecture here.
After Jeanneret's death in 1967, his niece Jacqueline Jeanneret preserved 24 linear feet of his Chandigarh paperwork in metal boxes at her Geneva apartment in a glass-block building that Le Corbusier's firm designed.
"She really defended the archive" and allowed scholars occasional access, said Maristella Casciato, a professor of architectural history at the University of Bologna in Italy, who has written widely about Chandigarh. Last year Ms. Jeanneret, an octogenarian, donated the material to the Canadian Center, and Ms. Casciato is helping prepare it for exhibitions, films, online postings and publications.Read more here>>