Le Corbusier in Marseille
The building that Le Corbusier erected in Marseille has reached, with its reinforced concrete structure, its summit. This event in Marseille is the most important one in the modern architectural world. It is in the wonderful French tradition that these technical, economic and social events create monumentum (it is not - meaning a monument made of size - that a monument to be so must not be large, but it must be so in terms of significance and its role in history). It is so for this building, a true monument in the history of French construction and within the overall panorama of the research into resolving the housing problem in that country.
If they want to leave a good name, why don't Tupini, Minister of Public Works, and Fanfani meet with Le Corbusier in Marseille? We professors at the School of Architecture in Milan plan to take our students and colleagues to Marseille, and we think other schools should join us on this journey.
A true monument in the history of French construction and within the overall panorama of the research into resolving the housing problem in that country
Instead Le Corbusier located all of this in a complete and unitary complex with extraordinary unity/simplicity of structures and technological systems, in a construction that reveals - as I am always pleased to say - the form of its substance. Which is in the architecture.