Category: Le Corbusier

Big bad blocks: Part 2, blame the governments

3 August, 2009 (10:45) | Architecture, Athens Charter, Configuration, High-rise, Humor, Le Corbusier, Public housing, Speculation |

[Continued from last Thursday’s Part 1 .]   In Part 1 of our tour of 15 housing projects from hell, via the passionate posters at the funky Web site Oobject, we indicted the architects, led by Le Corbusier, for throwing up concrete stack after stack of monoliths.    Can you too be an urban planner? Just try […]

Big bad blocks: Part 1, blame the architects

30 July, 2009 (10:45) | Architecture, Athens Charter, Configuration, High-rise, Humor, Le Corbusier, Public housing, Speculation |

If architecture cannot make us into better human beings and societies, can it make us into worse ones?  Can large monolithic high-rise blocks dehumanize us?  As presented on the funky Web site Oobject, herewith are 15 housing projects from hell, through which – aside from being appalled that architects, builders and government inflicted these upon […]

Sherlock Holmes, new urbanist

2 December, 2005 (10:41) | Holmes on housing, Le Corbusier, Policy, Pruitt-Igoe, Public housing, Slums |

  “Do you know, Watson,” said he, “that it is one of the curses of a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only […]

Fixing French housing policy: tear down the high-rises

30 November, 2005 (11:08) | France, Le Corbusier, Policy, Protests, Public housing, World news |

With the violence waning under the heavy sedation of a state of emergency, the French have bought themselves a winter of quiet desperation.  But time is useless … unless one uses it to act.   Interesting definition of ‘normality’   So what is the prescription for fixing France‘s bankrupt urban housing policy?   Paris public […]

Reinventing public housing

2 May, 2005 (09:55) | Communities, Density, Income mixing, Le Corbusier, Public housing |

From Philadelphia comes a nice tale of reinventing public housing that illustrates many of the affordable-housing community principles we’ve learned the hard way.   During the mid-twentieth century, modernist architects like Le Corbusier imagined they could change human behavior, with concrete jumbles.   Wouldn’t you have liked Paris to look like that?   If you […]