The Art Seen In NYC (Le Corbusier Addendum)

The hardviewing staff noted yesterday that our foray to the Big Town last weekend included a visit to the Le Corbusier exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

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.”

As in:


Good thing that idea went Le Corbustier.


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5 Responses to The Art Seen In NYC (Le Corbusier Addendum)

  1. That’s the problem when your parents buy the huge bucket of all the same color Legos.

  2. Bob Gardner says:

    I wouldn’t lump Le Corbusier and Robert Moses together. Talk about lack of sensitivity to context.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Then again, Bob, the critics of Robert Moses (of which I’m not really one – he did displace countless New Yorkers from their neighborhoods, but overall made the city a much more workable, and livable, place) would say he actually did to the Big Town what Le Corbusier wanted to do to Paris.


  3. Jon says:

    A Le Corbustier really ought to have more restraint and uplift.

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