Sunday, August 26, 2007

le modernisme

While on a photography assignment in the 12th arrondisement, I came across some architecture that really makes me wonder about the frenchies continued adoration of le corbu....
Gimme some Belle Epoch and a nice Haussman boulevard any day.


Blogger The Sheriff said...

I'm gonna come right out with it. I'm one of the last 12 people in the world who still really loves concrete. There, I said it. I feel better now

3:27 PM  
Blogger dchan said...

you're right. concrete is kinda awesome. it's cheap and fireproof....great buildings to dump your nation's post-colonial refugees in!
i actually think they did a good job with these particular buildings. they're not run down because they're in the 12th (i.e. still in the city center). the buildings that look like this out in the cité are the ones that no one cares about and the ones im scared to go outside the peripherique to take pictures of by myself. it's like a whole different country out there. what i heard is that le corbu designed a group of project buildings to the south which, viewed from an aerial perspective, form a target. you know, just in case.

3:57 AM  
Blogger dchan said...

i don't have a problem with small scale high modernism, like the villa savoye.
but i feel like the integrity of any material can be compromised by context.
god, that sounds so cliché.

5:47 AM  
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6:01 AM  
Blogger ShimShick said...

These buildings are great!
They considerably bring down the price of surrounding real-estate and have a constant legion of street arabs peddling hashish out front, allowing me to rent a descent place not far away and get some cheap smoke to relax after work...
The target shaped buildings built in the Southern projects were originally designed by LeCorbusier to replace the beautiful Haussmanian Vth Arrond., as you can see in this sketch:
No wonder the Frenchies love that modern Nero.

6:05 AM  
Blogger dchan said...

6:59 AM  
Blogger Robot said...

I just want to thank you, dchan, for using the word arrondissement in a post. I came across the word for the first time last night in a French movie, wailing in my ignominy as the fucking translators didn't even feel the need to translate it. I now know, and that's half the battle.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Have you seen le C's plans for Paris? A genius as a designer of rich people's houses, but when it came to social/urban planning, the ideas are horrible. The apartment block in Marseilles is the best example.

6:43 AM  
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