UNITE D’HABITATION LE CORBUSIER À MARSEILLE, 7. Congress CIAM, Bergamo, 1949

Duration: July 2331, 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 Congresses of Modern Architecture, was founded during a meeting at the castle La Sarraz, Switzerland, in 1928. Initiated and shaped by the main modernist avant-garde architects and theoretists at 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 the participating architects to work out common goals and strategies in regards of 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 before the Second World War. At the congress in Bergamo, the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier presented the plans and the documentation of the realization of the first Unite D’Habitation, a modernist residential housing high-rise, which was built in 1947 in Marseille.

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Further Links: Further archival material about this event can be accessed via the Getty Archive: http://archives2.getty

Image: Images of the invitation are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

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