Love him or loathe him, few people have changed the world we live in more than Le Corbusier, one of the fathers of modern architecture.
His ideas about utilitarian concrete buildings have altered the face of cities across the planet and have had an equally profound influence on urban planning.
From his modernist master planning of Chandigarh in northern India to Paris, which he dreamed of leveling to make way for his own more rational city, the Swiss-born designer was never afraid of thinking big.
He left his greatest mark on France, his adopted home, where no fewer than 10 of the 17 projects which UNESCO classified as world heritage sites are located.
From the La Cite Radieuse housing project in Marseille to the Dominican monastery of La Tourette near Lyon and La Villa Savoye near Paris, it is also where he left some of his greatest masterpieces.
His designs for functional apartment blocks surrounded by parks dominated France’s postwar urban planning until eight years after his death in 1965 when it became clear that many were depressing and anonymous, and blamed for urban alienation. […]