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Corbusier invades New York

Le Corbusier, a founder of modern architecture, traveled in 1935 on his first trip to America. A Frenchman born in Switzerland, he thought New York City would receive him like a god and was mistaken. Here I am pleased to … Continue reading

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Tra La Corboobier

I take your pants away! Seriously, this recollection in The Guardian of a British journalist, Taya Zinkin, seeking to interview Le Corbusier in India in 1965, including a long, obnoxious quotation, is totally unbelievable – in short, totally believable.

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Villa Graffarta Savoye

Without intending to pick on Le Corbusier (not that there’s anything wrong with that), artist Xavier Delory recently found the Villa Savoye in sad condition, even worse than in the photograph above, taken before his masterpiece in suburban Paris was … Continue reading

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Shoe slips on other foot

Michael Rouchell sends to TradArch a wonderful sketch of the new addition to the Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier’s pathbreaking modernist house of 1931 in suburban Paris. As intended, the addition raises interesting questions. Modernists are wary of additions to their work in … Continue reading

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David Andreozzi’s report

David Andreozzi, architect, replied to queries from those who missed it how his talk went last Wednesday evening at the Barrington Preservation Society. His reply, unedited, follows: The top five things you missed last night … 5. My introduction started … Continue reading

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Shocking! Le Corbusier nude!

Pictured at left is founding modernist Le Corbusier in the nude, painting at the home of fellow modern architect Eileen Gray, in the south of France, a house she is said to have designed. (Though some say Corbusier actually designed … Continue reading

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Chastity in art selection

As many readers of this blog are aware, it arises largely as a vehicle to reprint my column published in The Providence Journal.  Readers can read the first few paragraphs of the column and then click on a link to … Continue reading

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Column: Modern architecture’s coup d’etat

How did modern architecture suddenly replace the traditional architecture that, by the 20th century, offered a wide variety of joyful styles to house human activity? Why, in just three decades, were three millennia of beauty replaced so entirely by ugliness … Continue reading

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FLW on Corbu – Let’s you and him fight!

Here’s Frank Lloyd Wright taking a poke at Le Corbusier. Much fun, with the Great Man’s insecurities, if that is what they were, exposed. But still no cape. Maybe Corbu swiped it. Here’s the vid on YouTube. Hey, what’s Ludwig … Continue reading

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