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Corb your enthusiasm

Fans who celebrated Le Corbusier’s birthday on Thursday last week (6 October) may be saddened to learn old Corb came in for a bashing the very same day as part of a London School of Economics debate on architecture and happiness

Philosopher Roger Scruton, who debated against Centre for London director Ben Rogers, described Le Corbusier’s architecture as a ‘menace’, saying his vision of Chandigarh had ‘never been a home to anyone’ and was ‘a machine for dying in’.

But the worst insult he reserved for Reading. ‘Nowhere in human history has so much ugliness accumulated in so small a place.’ Equally bleak was Rogers’ argument. ‘Think about the object of architecture – a beautiful building. Will that actually contribute to the sum of human happiness? Grow up, of course it won’t.’

le Corbusier's Chandigarh

le Corbusier’s Chandigarh

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