Edited by Michiel Bliemer, Corinne Mulley and Claudine J. Moutou
Chapter 7: Urban freight distribution
‘Une maison est une machine-à-habiter’ (‘A house is a machine for living in’) was the vision introduced by the Swiss-French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier (1887–1965), to kick off the era of modernist architecture and urban planning (Le Corbusier 1923 ). In his words: [S]uppose we are entering the city by way of the Great Park. Our fast car takes the special elevated motor track between the majestic skyscrapers: as we approach nearer there is seen the repetition against the sky of the twenty-four skyscrapers; to our left and right on the outskirts of each particular area are the municipal and administrative buildings; and enclosing the space are the museums and university buildings. The whole city is a Park. (Le Corbusier 1923, cited in Jacobs 1961, p. 31)
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