Friday, July 28, 2006
I Heart Le Corbusier
IT'S TRUE. He was The Man while I was growing up. And I did go to architecture school. So I've been to quite a few buildings by Corb: I even studied in one for three years. Here are some travel tips if you're interested in seeing some of his work.
My favorites were Ronchamp, the square du Docteur Blanche and the Villa Savoye. The worst I saw was either the Unité d'Habitations in Berlin or the couvent de La Tourette. It's almost as bad a rural French convent as its American copy was as the Boston City Hall.
The photo above is me at the Unité d'Habitations in Marseille: I am the Modulor Man, precisely to the inch. If you go to Marseilles, don't do what I did as a young architecture student, which was to go straight from the train station to the Unité. There are a hundred better sights in Marseilles. Don't miss the bouillabaise.
Le Corbusier may have had more bad urban design ideas than anyone else in history (Paolo Soleri is probably the runner-up). Many of his architecture ideas weren't very good, either. But when he was at his best he managed to make his ideas look so good that a trip to his best buildings can be very rewarding.
If you go to see the Carpenter Center at Harvard and you don't see Harvard Yard, Harvard Square, the River Houses and the neighborhoods west of the Square, you're a brainwashed architect who's missing one of America's best small cities and best campuses.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again. The difference between city planners and architects is that city planners despice corbusier, while architects love him.
Posted by: davey at Aug 2, 2006 11:24:45 AM
Quoting myself: "Le Corbusier may have had more bad urban design ideas than anyone else in history." But Jane Jacobs has pretty good planning credentials, and her points was that we should make our judgments on the basis of direct observation and personal experience. In other words, go see Ronchamp and you might find you like it.
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