Archinect - News 2015-03-31T07:45:05-04:00 Favorite Building: Konrad Wachsmann and Le Corbusier Orhan Ayyüce 2015-01-29T14:41:00-05:00 >2015-02-01T21:25:58-05:00 <img src="" width="427" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From Esther McCoy's 1981 memorial to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Konrad Wachsmann</a>:</p><p>"Finally all internees who wanted to,&nbsp;were permitted to join the French army. Konrad did. They heard then about the Dunkirk disaster. When Konrad&rsquo;s regiment crossed the Loire River, the Germans were already in Marseilles. They had destroyed the Pont Transbordeur, which bridged the inner harbor entrance to Marseilles.</p><p>Ten years later Konrad sat one day in a restaurant in New York with Le Corbusier. Konrad said, "He asked me what I thought was the most beautiful structure in this century."<br>"I hope, " Konrad said, "you are not expecting me to say the Villa Savoye.&rdquo;<br>&ldquo;No, no, " Corb replied.</p><p>Konrad then proposed that each write the name of the structure and compare them. They had both written<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Pont Transbordeur</a>..."</p><p><em>Cover photo and quote via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Morgan</a></em></p> Parkour Architectural | Villa Savoye Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-18T12:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:11:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Discover the Villa Savoye as you've never seen it before, through the discipline of Parkour and the movements of traceurs !</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>, the real grandfather of hip-hop, could also be the inspiration behind the parkour?&nbsp;</p> Is Le Corbusier the real grandfather of hip-hop? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-17T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T15:01:16-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In the late 1920s, Le Corbusier created a plan for Paris," Ford says. "Its most celebrated portion was called 'Towers in the Park.' [...] Think unremarkable, high-rise apartment buildings. Think low-income housing projects. [...] "Many of hip-hop's most prominent artists were born, raised, and perfected their crafts in those very same housing projects. Hip-hop was a result of the economical, political, and sociological deprivations instituted by the housing projects across America."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An awkward interview with Le Corbusier Alexander Walter 2014-09-11T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T00:38:45-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we were getting off the plane he asked me what I was doing that evening: &ldquo;Catching a train, I am afraid,&rdquo; I said. &ldquo; Pity. You are fat and I like my women fat. We could have spent a pleasant night together.&rdquo; He said this quite casually. [...] So gigantic was Corb&rsquo;s egotism that he probably considered it enough of an honour for a humble mortal to provide a genius like him with a night&rsquo;s relaxation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why Modern Architecture Struggles to Inspire Catholics Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-09-06T02:11:19-04:00 <img src="" width="355" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside a few rare examples such as Ronchamp, I sense that Modernism has failed to deliver an architecture that connects with most Catholics and other traditional Christians. Much of this has to do with fact that Modernism as a cultural movement is inherently atheistic as it is based on a secular materialist philosophy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rare film of Le Corbusier in his Paris home and studio Archinect 2014-05-19T14:01:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T12:23:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I am young man of 71 years old. I am a visual man. A man working working with eyes and hands.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Le Corbusier's Chandigarh "vulgarized" Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] architectural historian William J R Curtis has set off the alarm bells by warning about the looming threat of destruction on Chandigarh's architectural heritage, terming the damage to buildings as "vulgarization" and "massacre." According to Curtis, there is a clear and present danger to the legacy of city creator Le Corbusier and that the restoration measures are needed to be taken now.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curtis believes that astronomical rise in land prices has posed the greatest threat to heritage in an increasingly materialistic society where there is a "price for everything and value of nothing."</em></p> How Did Famous Creative People Spend Their Days? Archinect 2014-03-31T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T15:08:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Freud, Dickens, Tchaikovsky, Darwin, and John Milton took daily walks, while Le Corbusier did morning calisthenics and Victor Hugo did &ldquo;long strenuous exercises on the beach.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Le Corbusier's Ronchamp Chapel vandalized Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-22T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T18:00:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vandals have smashed an &lsquo;irreplaceable&rsquo; stained-glass window after breaking into Le Corbusier&rsquo;s Ronchamp Chapel in eastern France. The hand-painted, coloured glass window designed by the Swiss architect in the early 1950s was destroyed, it is understood, as the intruders forced entry into the famous Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut. Once inside the vandals lifted a concrete collection box and threw it outside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Bust of Le Corbusier at MAMO Marseille France Archinect 2013-08-09T13:34:00-04:00 >2013-08-17T17:13:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A turn of events took place for Cit&eacute; Radieuse in 2010, when the building&rsquo;s rooftop gym and solarium went up for sale. Designer Ito Morabito, who goes by Ora-Ito, purchased it as a collector might. &ldquo;Like you buy a piece of art, but architecture,&rdquo; he noted. After the acquisition, it became Ora-Ito&rsquo;s self-appointed mission to honor the iconic structure. Ora-Ito transformed the rooftop of Cit&eacute; Radieuse into MAMO, a contemporary art center dedicated to exhibitions and creative ateliers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Le Corbusier at MOMA Andrew Davis 2013-06-25T14:41:00-04:00 >2013-06-26T12:33:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"These products suggest the terrific span of Le Corbusier&rsquo;s career in time, space, and scale, attacking the problems of how we should build and how we should live at home and abroad . . . If current architects take anything from the exhibition&mdash;a must-see, despite some critical flaws&mdash;it should be the power of those big, gestural drawings, where visual and verbal argument vividly come together."</p></em><br /><br /><p> This criticism of MoMA's exhibition of Le Corbusier's work seems to be disappointed in the light-handed intervention of the curator. However, considering the amount and variety of architecture produced by Corbusier, it's unlikely anyone has clear idea of how best to display his work. Still, the architect may have done the heavy lifting in this feat.</p> <p> Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes</p> <p> June 15&ndash;September 23, 2013 @ MoMA New York</p> Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse rooftop gym transformed into art space Archinect 2013-04-15T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T13:44:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French designer Ora-&Iuml;to is converting the famous Marseille roof terrace into a haven for contemporary art</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Breaking new ground : Le Corbusier still a key figure for young architects Archinect 2012-10-07T18:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-07T18:37:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Le Corbusier, Herzog &amp; De Meuron, Mario Botta and Peter Zumthor - to mention only the most prominent names - have put Swiss architecture on the world map. The younger generation has not yet achieved the same celebrity, but it is striking out in new directions of its own. &nbsp; For the 125th anniversary of the birth of Le Corbusier, talked to art historian Lorette Coen about current trends in Swiss architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Le Corbusier in Color Orhan Ayyüce 2012-09-23T12:52:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T15:11:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Toward the end of 1953, Willy Rizzo took a series of portraits of the architect Le Corbusier, three of which were published in the magazine Paris Match. Much of Rizzo&rsquo;s work was done in medium-format color. These photographs have not been published since.</p></em><br /><br /><p> We are most familiar with iconic b&amp;w photographs of Le Corbusier. Le Journal de la Photographie re-publishes beautiful color photographs by the artist Willy Rizzo shot in&nbsp;1953 and three of which were published in the magazine Paris Match at the time. These&nbsp;photographs&nbsp;shed a&nbsp;rare light to architect's persona. Enjoy.&nbsp;<br><br> Le Corbusier by Willy Rizzo</p> <p> From Septembre 19th to December 20th, 2012<br> Maison La Roche<br> 10, square du docteur Blanche<br> 75016 Paris - France</p> Corbu's Izmir Orhan Ayyüce 2012-09-12T21:03:00-04:00 >2012-09-22T02:49:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In 1948 Le Corbusier was retained by the municipality of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Izmir</a> (my home town) to develop a visionary master plan for the city. He disregarded the historic core of Izmir which is laced with artifacts and buildings as old as 3500 years old and eventually was forced to resign from the job and most of his fees were cancelled. There are some faint lines from his plan remains today like the International Fair grounds, a purple colored oval area on the plans. His ideas would be very inadequate and lose their initial vision for a city of 4 million residents <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">today</a> on a relatively small footprint surrounding its bay.</p> Iraq aims to revive Baghdad's 'lost' Le Corbusier building Archinect 2012-04-23T14:09:00-04:00 >2012-04-23T15:58:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by the famed architect Le Corbusier, built under Saddam Hussein then forgotten: such was the fate of a gym in Baghdad that Iraq now wants, with the help of France, to restore to its former stature. Located in the east of the capital, the massive concrete structure has surprisingly withstood the decades of war, internecine fighting and sanctions that have hit the country.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Megastructures are the Shopping Malls of the Avant-Garde croixe 2012-03-27T12:51:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T10:07:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>What About ideal cities, and counter revolutionary master plans?</strong></p> <p> <strong>Avant-Garde</strong><br> The avant-garde is a paradoxical state. In order to exist, it relies on its incongruous condition of being both fundamentally contemporary and ahead of its time. A conceptual palimpsest, the avant-garde requires writing its history over its own past keeping a vulnerable balance between present problems, and possible future solutions. All about contextualizing the perfect timing, what happens when the avant-garde goes out of sync; when its solutions are overlooked for being too premature, or ridiculed for being delayed?</p> <p> In the past century alone, the avant-garde was victim of two untimely appearances. In the first one, its proposals arrived too early; the world was taken aback by the boldness of its ambitions, by the audacity of its delirium. In the second coming, the avant-garde was too late. Here its stratagems were on a futile mission of inventing a program that already existed.</p> <p> These consecutive...</p> Corbu's Marseille's Cité Radieuse damaged by fire Archinect 2012-02-10T11:22:00-05:00 >2012-02-10T15:26:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of France's most important landmarks of modernist architecture, La Cit&eacute; Radieuse housing estate in Marseille, built by the architect Le Corbusier, has been damaged by fire. Fire services fought for over 12 hours to put out a blaze that began on Thursday afternoon in a first floor flat in the nine-storey concrete complex which is protected by special heritage status in France.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Exhibition Sitio of Santiago Borja - Villa Savoye of Le Corbusier, Poissy (France) Archinect 2011-07-25T20:03:00-04:00 >2011-07-25T21:50:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The exhibition Sitio is an intervention of the artist Santiago Borja designed for the Savoye Villachef-d&rsquo;&oelig;uvre of Le Corbusier - based on the statute of icon out of the time and deterritorialized ofthe Villa. It appears a such floating object in space and time, fighting against the possibility ofconstituting only one remarkable enclosure but vacuum; a &rsquo;&rsquo;machine a&#768; habiter&rsquo;&rsquo; on diverted. TheSpanish term Sitio - which means ''site' '- insists on the concept of place in the anthropologicalmeaning : a place symbolically given. It also implies, as Roland Barthes defines it in Le Neutre(1978), an ideal place, a place of foundation or an esoteric place where we feel good. In thisdirection, Sitio proposes a multiple reading of the various cultural phenomena which developedaround the Villa, a such kind of plea for what one could name &rsquo;&rsquo;anachronistic contemporaneity&rsquo;&rsquo;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> While being based on the thesis that Adolf Max Vogt develops in Le Corbusier le bon sauvage(2003), explaining why Le C...</p> Tokyo museum's World Heritage hopes shaken Paul Petrunia 2011-05-28T16:18:34-04:00 >2011-05-28T16:18:34-04:00 <em><p>An advisory body to UNESCO has counseled against registering 19 buildings designed by French architect Le Corbusier, including the National Museum of Western Art in Taito Ward, Tokyo, as world cultural heritage sites, it has been learned. The recommendation was made by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a cultural conservation organization, the central government's Cultural Affairs Agency said Saturday.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architect as Auto Designer: Le Corbusier's Minimum Car Paul Petrunia 2011-05-13T14:38:26-04:00 >2011-05-13T14:39:58-04:00 <img src="" width="190" height="193" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Voiture Minimum: Le Corbusier and the Automobile&rdquo; ($49.95) focuses on Le Corbusier&rsquo;s design for a &ldquo;minimum car,&rdquo; a two-seat, bare-bones people mover with a sheer, angled front. His design existed only in drawings during his lifetime, but became probably the most famous of all automobile designs contributed by architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>