Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan, both for the house and the city.- Le Corbusier
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret or Le Corbusier was widely considered as one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, He is acknowledged with changing the face of urban architecture, bringing it into the technological age. Le Corbusier believed in the perfection of pure geometrics and proportions, his style was minimal, simple, functional and hygienic.
Le Corbusier felt that “ all men have the same needs,” and that a house should be “ a machine for living. ” which he expressed in one of his urban planning work, Plan Voisin in Paris (1925). The city would be no more overcrowded streets and sidewalks, no more untidy neighborhoods; people would live in clean and organized high-rise buildings with their own roof garden.
At first when I read Le Corbusier descriptions about his ideal city, it seems like I’m living in a peaceful city without any annoying crowded, unorganized circulation and brutal buildings. It would be nice if the city nowadays would be like this, but after I watched the movie called ‘Playtime’ by Jacques Tati that show us of what would it be like if this ideal city become real. I’ve changed my mind.
In the movie the city was full of glass and steel building which is look all the same, humans dressed in grey or beige color walking in predictable straight lines. Everything everyone and everywhere seem to look the same, no excitement, no more what represents the city of Paris except the old French lady selling flowers. The atmosphere was cold and depressed, people are lacking of imagination and motivation.
Honestly I fell asleep after 20 minutes of the movie since it was very boring and less conversation, it reflected that even in the movie is this bored and how would it be if in the real city? For me I think we, human is a creature that full of desire. We need an excitement, experiences and colorfulness. We cannot live in the giant glass box with black/white things; it limits our imagination.
Last but not least, I think Le Corbusier is dictatorial a little about his belief that human is all the same need and try to organize the city in his own way. But however I still admired his creative mind that try to provide a better living condition to people and his unique raven look.