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Le Corbusier

Anne Sophie James

The tribal roots of firminy

Daniel Schwartz

The tribal roots of firminy

room closed off the world around me. There was nothing that could distract me. There was no sound from the other rooms, nor from the hallway, nor from outside. Wherever I was in this room, I was the center of it. I came to myself. But it hit me. I felt unprepared. It was not my intention to find myself here. My state of mind was with the group and suddenly I was disconnected from it. It’s been three weeks since I stayed at the monastery and I feel that I should go back. This time in a state of mind that needs silence. In order to reflect, think and learn. To be subjected to the architecture and really wanting that too.

In our modern time society we all tend to take the individual path in life. Most of us live in comfortable insolated and elegant ‘cages’ that we call home. Very few know their neighbors; consequently, we are thrown on our own resources. We gave up on the tribal way of life but it turns out that we still need what the tribe used to give to its members. Our sense of belonging to a group made us feel that we were part of something larger that empowered us. We all need the acceptance and the unconditional love of our tribe. Our need is so deep that when it doesn’t get fulfilled, we experience anguish and mental distress. In his innovative approach, Le Corbusier in his ‘UNITÉ D’HABITATION’ succeeded, in my opinion, to bring us back to our tribal times. 28

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Profile for Henri A. Snel

(Re)Thinking Le Corbusier  

The first time I came into physical contact with his work was in India, in Ahmedabad in 1992. I was totally overwhelmed by the brutalism, wh...

(Re)Thinking Le Corbusier  

The first time I came into physical contact with his work was in India, in Ahmedabad in 1992. I was totally overwhelmed by the brutalism, wh...

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