Analysis Of Le Corbusier's The Radiant City

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This essay will analyse Le Corbusier’s The Radiant City (La Ville Radieuse) by looking at the unbuilt city scape’s historical, theoretical and philosophical background as well as how it was received and reviewed. Greenhalgh’s features of the Pioneer phase (such as Social Morality, Technology and Anti-historicism) will also be looked at in relation to how and why The Radiant City was conceptualised and designed. As the idea of The Radiant City was conceived in the 1930s (and by Modernist architect and artist Le Corbusier) it is fits in the time frame of Modernism and therefore by looking at the principles of Modernism it can be determined whether or not The Radiant City is reflective of the Modernist ideals.

The Radiant City was designed
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By Le Corbusier aiming to remove these features his design shows that it was aimed to improve social standards and it therefore has a sense of social morality. His belief was that architecture has an important part to play in helping social change and development which illustrates the fact that the Radiant City is “but a social work of
Image 3 art” (Hawthorne, 2013).
The design of The radiant City also features social morality in its aims for equality amongst people . Le Corbusier wanted to create a city which “abandons the class-based stratification” by having the size of one’s family being the determining factor for the house they are given and not the position they hold economically. (Edsonmnkande.blogspot.com, 2011)
The influence of Syndicalist theories is also seen through the feature of social morality because Le Corbusier hoped to impose certain laws in the City regarding working hours of the citizens. The aim was to reduce the number of hours and thereby allow for people to part-take in other (more recreational) activities that would contribute to a better sense of
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Technology is another of Greenhalgh’s features. Le Corbusier wanted to build large, multi-storey structures that could

house numerous people. He sought to create this buildings that take up space upwards so that there could be more space on the ground level. The creation of taller buildings and highways would require the use of newer technology that would only be recently available, allowing for the Modernists to be some the first architects to use the technology in the creation of their structures.
The importance and development of technology, in the design, is seen by the sectioning of areas (such as highways) especially for cars and other forms of newer transport. Technology also links onto another of Paul Greenhalgh’s features: that of

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