Machines for living  

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"Machines for living:" for various critics, including Tom Wolfe, the Pruitt-Igoe housing project illustrated both the essential unlivability of Bauhaus-inspired box architecture, and the hubris of central planning.
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"Machines for living:" for various critics, including Tom Wolfe, the Pruitt-Igoe housing project illustrated both the essential unlivability of Bauhaus-inspired box architecture, and the hubris of central planning.

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"La maison est une machine à habiter" (English: "The house is a machine for living in") stated Le Corbusier in Vers une architecture in 1923.

These "Machines for living" illustrated for various critics, including Tom Wolfe, both the essential unlivability of Bauhaus-inspired box architecture, and the hubris of central planning.

The Pruitt-Igoe housing project represented the end of this Corbusier esthetic and the start of postmodern architecture.

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