UNITE D’HABITATION LE CORBUSIER À MARSEILLE, 7th CIAM, Bergamo, 1949
Duration: July 23–31, 1949
Dimensions: 12 x 23.6 cm (folded), 48 x 68.2 cm (unfolded)
Further Information: The Congrès internationaux d’architecture moderne (CIAM), or International Congress of Modern Architecture, was founded during a meeting at the La Sarraz castle in Switzerland, in 1928. Initiated and shaped by key modernist avant-garde architects and theorists of that time, such as Sigfried Giedion, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Cornelis van Eesteren, and José Luis Sert, throughout its active years until 1959 the network served as a platform for developing goals and strategies for modernist city planning. While the focus of each congress shifted, the 7th CIAM in Bergamo—with the title Art and Architecture—was marked by a turn towards aesthetic and emotional questions, which indicated a softening of the rationalist doctrine after the Second World War. At the congress in Bergamo, the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier presented the plans and the documentation for the first Unite D’Habitation, a modernist residential high-rise, which was built in 1947 in Marseille.
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Image: Images of the invitation are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.