Le Corbusier and collective housing: the equivocal lesson of Briey-en-Forêt

In partnership with the National Institute of Art History

Le Corbusier sur le chantier de l’Unité d’habitation de Briey-en-Forêt, le 5 avril 1960.
Fonds Jean-Pierre Bourraux, Archives de l’association La Première Rue, Briey-en-Forêt.

13th february 2020

SPEAKER : JOSEPH ABRAM (former professor at the National School of Architecture of Nancy, researcher at the Laboratory for the History of Contemporary Architecture)

A great Modern affair, the question of housing preoccupied Le Corbusier from the start of his career. His research, by the data they summon, however, differs from that of his contemporaries. The residential unit of Briey-en-Forêt, built at the end of the 1950s in a still industrial Lorraine, illuminates, by its contrasting fate, one of the most original architectural thoughts of the 20th century.


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