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La Cité Radieuse, Marseilles

By ZenTony
The Unité d'habitation was a modernist residential housing design principle developed by Le Corbusier, with the collaboration of painter-architect Nadir Afonso. The concept formed the basis of several housing developments designed by him throughout Europe with this name.
However in the UK they were copied, but poorly designed, poorly constructed and hardly maintained. The consequence was social disintegration for all who lived in them.

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24 Jul 2021 6:25AM
The square format really works well here, Tony as does your excellent processing.

JohnSmile
24 Jul 2021 6:37AM
From St Ives to Liverpool to Marseilles ...

Great black & whites in any city

Nice shot Tony

Colin Smile

PS - OK if I take my coat off now?



ZenTony Plus
5 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2021 6:51AM

Quote:From St Ives to Liverpool to Marseilles ...

Great black & whites in any city

Nice shot Tony

Colin Smile

PS - OK if I take my coat off now?

Welcome back Colin. Just try and behave.




24 Jul 2021 6:56AM
Perfect lighting contrast and composition... outstanding shot!
Tony
24 Jul 2021 7:19AM
A house is a machine for living in (Une maison est une machine-à-habiter)
~ Le Corbusier
p.s. an excellent shot, Tony, superbly processed too
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2021 7:49AM

Quote:However in the UK they were copied, but poorly designed, poorly constructed and hardly maintained. The consequence was social disintegration for all who lived in them.

Another consequence was the undoing of Le Corbusier's reputation in the anglophone world. It's good to see his architecture as it was intended to be.
Do you know Ronchamp chapel ? It's one of my ambitions...
Great use of lines, light, and figures, conveying a beautiful, humane space.
ZenTony Plus
5 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2021 7:59AM

Quote:
Quote:However in the UK they were copied, but poorly designed, poorly constructed and hardly maintained. The consequence was social disintegration for all who lived in them.

Another consequence was the undoing of Le Corbusier's reputation in the anglophone world. It's good to see his architecture as it was intended to be.
Do you know Ronchamp chapel ? It's one of my ambitions...
Great use of lines, light, and figures, conveying a beautiful, humane space.



I know of it Moira and when we can get into France without the risk of being banged up for 10 days, it is top of the list.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
24 Jul 2021 8:18AM
Superb composition Tony , excellent shadows
Ian
Love the numerous lines in this...great light and shade! Smashing composition Tony Smile
jacomes Plus
6 28 40 Portugal
24 Jul 2021 8:56AM
Super patterns of light and shadow leading through the image, with the people adding scale and a focal point. Square format works well and of course excellent B&W processing.
James
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
24 Jul 2021 11:28AM

Quote:copied, but poorly designed, poorly constructed and hardly maintained.

A characterisic of Britishness, but that's a long story Wink

A finely constructed and processed image Tony Smile
ZenTony Plus
5 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2021 1:36PM

Quote:
Quote:copied, but poorly designed, poorly constructed and hardly maintained.

A characterisic of Britishness, but that's a long story Wink

A finely constructed and processed image Tony Smile



Keith; we are capable of great things, but too often we produce rubbish. I would like to think that we learn from mistakes
but the same old problems persist. Best stop now I think !
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
24 Jul 2021 2:32PM
Walk the line or lines. A very good composed and toned image. Fine Saturday Shadows abound too.
chataignier Plus
8 202 10 France
24 Jul 2021 9:16PM
A fine image with great perspective leading to the group of people - but even when designed by Le Corbusier and built to high standards, cramming large numbers of people into high density housing like battery hens with no private spaces outdoors is not a good idea.
David

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