House, Street, City: Le Corbusier’s Research Towards a New Urban Interior

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Issue Vol. 2 No. 2 (2019)
Published Jul 30, 2019
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Submitted : Apr 10, 2019 | Accepted : Jun 21, 2019

Patrizio M. Martinelli


Le Corbusier’s investigations, conducted between the 1910s and the 1930s, were focused on a new relationship between street and building. This research started from texts about the city, in particular, the writings of Eugène Hénard’s. These essays, dating back to 1903-1909, dealt with the necessity of a renewed strategy for the urban street, breaking down the monotony and the problems related to the sequence of buildings and creating a series of places as squares, gardens, and open courtyards: actual urban rooms between streets an buildings. Learning from those texts, Le Corbusier worked on a series of polemical writings about the rue corridor, collected in particular in The City of Tomorrow, Precisions and The Radiant City. A series of projects explored to the extreme consequences the topic: the Dom-ino building principle used for collective housing evolved to the redent, detached from the infrastructure, and the immeuble villa, with its inhabited façades. Finally, the curved redent for the Plan Obus in Algiers transformed the street itself into a "building as city" flowing in the landscape. The essay follows how Le Corbusier transforms the street and its traditional urban components in interior elements inside the buildings.

Keywords: Le Corbusier, street, façade, urban interior, city

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Martinelli, P. M. (2019). House, Street, City: Le Corbusier’s Research Towards a New Urban Interior. Interiority, 2(2), 129–153.
Author Biography

Patrizio M. Martinelli, Miami University, USA

Patrizio M. Martinelli studied at Venice University IUAV where he earned a Master’s degree in Architecture and a PhD in Architectural Composition. Since August 2017 is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His teaching and research focus on modernism, domestic and urban interiors and adaptive reuse. He has also been a guest teacher at Münster School of Architecture, BTU Cottbus (Germany) and at Escuela de Arquitectura de Toledo (Spain). His researches have been published in monographs and journals, and presented in several international conferences, in Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain, UK and the United States. 


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