Archinect - News 2017-08-24T01:07:44-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/143147301/a-history-of-ideal-cities A history of ideal cities Nam Henderson 2015-12-11T18:40:00-05:00 >2015-12-14T11:03:35-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/3v/3v5mks2xax9lm9mw.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The question is especially important now, given the world&rsquo;s rapidly increasing population and the accelerating drift of people from countryside to cities. Should we tinker or somehow revamp existing cities to cope, or should we build new places to dwell?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jonathan Glancey looks back through history, at&nbsp;attempts to create the ideal town. Given the many failed attempts, can&nbsp;architects succeed in shaping a truly habitable ideal city? He believes&nbsp;the answer is yes.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/108714558/an-awkward-interview-with-le-corbusier An awkward interview with Le Corbusier Alexander Walter 2014-09-11T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T00:38:45-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/a3/a3f095cd272fb128ffda7ed7df11e48a.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/98438848/le-corbusier-s-chandigarh-vulgarized Le Corbusier's Chandigarh "vulgarized" Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:34-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/dl/dly0idf2wyj0v40r.jpg" width="650" height="272" 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>