Now comes this review in the Wall Street Journal, which details Le Corbusier’s desire to modernize the City of Light Service:
Today we can appreciate but no longer embrace Corbu’s vantage point in 1925 when he proposed his Plan Voisin calling for the demolition of all but a few key monuments in the center of Paris in order to make way for his super slab towers. From grim experience with Robert Moses and through the eyes of Jane Jacobs, we are appalled by the lack of sensitivity to context. But clearly he thrilled to the promise of a future full of air and light, and an escape from still-lingering 19th-century fustiness.
As the Journal piece points out, “His march toward modernity, unchecked, would have wiped out the center of Paris.”
Good thing that idea went Le Corbustier.