The next lecture in the program Collecting Design will be focused on French mid-century design. While furniture in discussion were not designed by Le Corbusier, his ideas for city planning, focusing on large, tall, residential buildings that would each constitute an entire neighborhood were crucial to the design paradigm of that era. Le Corbusier successfully tried out his idea on modern middle-income housing, but these ideas were criticized by those arguing that his vision for urban life was destructive to the city, alienating people from one another, and elevating the car and the machine over the human. His concept modernist idea that “all men have the same needs,” was at the core of his residential towers. For decades, he tried (and thankfully failed) to get Paris to raze the Marais neighborhood and build one of his city plans. Here are some memorable images from his Unite d'Habitation and my video below.