Significance of Lutyens’ Imperialized city

Discussions and debate throughout Lutyens’ contributions to the city and his plannings significant and impact are evident. (See narrative for more information.)

However, tracing back the old maps and development state of New Delhi, looking at the urban fabric and surroundings of New Delhi and its organisation of the key moments of the city, we can see how Lutyens’ has contributed into the planning and his contribution to giving order to the city.

Throughout the maps, we could see a lack of order and organisation for the main buildings that signify the identity of the city: which include:

  1. Indrapastha: Earliest settlement found Delhi (Castle like structure)
  2. Jama Masjid: Largest mosque in India
  3. Safdarjungs Tomb: Garden Tomb of Sardar Jang

Through connecting this, it gives a better visual corridor and reminder of the core and identities of the city, through these monuments, and connecting and giving these monuments a sense of place and importance, situated carefully within the city.

The cores or the corners also revolve around these monuments, the avenue directs the pathway. This also gives significance to the cultural roots of the city.


Map of New Delhi and its surroundings – 1901

Map of New Delhi and its surroundings - 1901

Map of New Delhi and its surroundings – 1924

Map of New Delhi and its surroundings - 1924

Lutyens’ Plan of New Delhi – 1910

Lutyens' Plan of New Delhi - 1910
All three images: (2019). Index of /itc/mealac/pritchett/00routesdata/1800_1899/britishrule/lutyensdelhi. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Dec. 2019].

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