The Radiant City
The Radiant City takes one of the icons of modernism, Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation in Marseille, as a starting point to explore the search for Utopia, and to question the role of both architecture and photography in the creation of the ideal. Completed in 1952 as the 'Radiant City', the building was conceived as prototype housing for the city of the future. Despite its age and controversy in a post-modernist culture, the Unité still conjures a nostalgic Utopia. This persistence of the utopian impulse suggests that architecture is just the start - of inhabitation, of place making, of imagining. The search for Utopia allows us to give meaning to the world, by believing it differently.
Gerry Blake • Paul Coffey • Paul Dickinson • Will Eames • Aisling McCoy •