Artibus et Historiae no. 3 (II)

1981, ISSN 0391-9064

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PHILIPPE BOUDON - From Pessac to Architecturology

The transformations carried out by the inhabitants of Pessac near Bordeaux on the buildings in the district designed by Le Corbusier from 1925 to 1927, have been in contrast with some "key points" of the modern architecture advocated by the architect. This in reaction to Le Corbusier's authoritarianism. On the other hand one of these key pointsis the "free plan" which by definition means transformability inherent in the very conception of these buildings. Further it would help to find out to what extent the architect, the user of the buildings, or the plan itself are free, as the case may be. Such a question leads to the conclusion that the case of Pessac can be approached not so much on the basis of some universal doctrine or other of space or of abstract architecture, but rather by a theoretical questioning, an architecturology, capable of specifying concepts above and beyond doctrinal controversies.

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