When the Cathedrals Were White by Le Corbusier

By Le Corbusier

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In his very good and incisive type, Le Corbusier examines the structure and other people of latest York. He loves the folks yet unearths the structure haphazard and short of making plans. via provocative prose and revealing drawings, he proposes a brand new, attractive, vertical ny.

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Let us note in passing that they did not trouble themselves about nationalist scruples when they sent an abbott to Venice to get the measurements of St. " And St. Mark's itself was inspired by the Church of the Holy ARostles in Constantinople. ) Saint-Etienne, left in its destitution, is admirable and dis- 14 WHEN THE CATHEDRALS WERE WHITE turbing; Saint Front, violated by restorers, is henceforth lost. I believe in the skin of things, as in that of women. At Saint Front they have scraped everything, retouched, remade, inch by iuch.

Where on the varied earth, in the whirlwind of innumerable conflicts, shan the young people of today go to breathe the air of the new times? There can be no doubt: a crust is scaling off of our stupefied societies. New skin! Spring! Renewal! The young are eager for a change of air. r feel myself young also; I have the desire, before dying, to share in something live and changing. r do not wish to be channing, but to be strong. I do not wish to be frozen, r do not wish to maintain things, but to act and create.

I jumped, and how! " Say such a thing-along with a thousand others-over an aperitif at the Deux-Magots: but don't come thus before an international meeting to express the spirit of France! It is true that this group was composed of historians of art -of past art, but the League of Nations was seeking a line of procedure to illuminate the march of contemporary society.... Supremacy of the "bandy-legged table"! Gentlemen, are we mad? There is no point in going to Venice to turn the Ducal Palace into a padded cell!

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