March 19, 2018

Visit to Villa Savoye

March 19, 2018

A field trip from Palm Springs to Le Corbusier’s ‘Villa Savoye’ in Poissy, France.

Le Corbusier was a Swiss-French architect and urban planner who is widely considered one of the pioneers of modern architecture. He was influential in the development of the mid-century modern architectural style, which was characterized by a focus on function, simplicity, and the use of new materials and technologies. In particular, Le Corbusier's ideas about the "machine for living" and his use of concrete, glass, and steel had a lasting impact on the design of buildings in Palm Springs and elsewhere.

Many mid-century architects in Palm Springs were influenced by Le Corbusier's ideas, and his influence can be seen in the sleek, minimalist design of many buildings in the area. These buildings often featured flat roofs, clean lines, and an emphasis on functionality, as well as the use of new materials such as glass and steel.

Le Corbusier's ideas about urban planning also had an impact on the development of Palm Springs. In particular, his concept of the "Radiant City," which called for the creation of high-density housing units surrounded by green space, influenced the development of Palm Springs' iconic "neighborhoods" of mid-century modern homes.

Le Corbusier's influence on mid-century architecture in Palm Springs was significant, and his ideas continue to be influential in the field of architecture to this day.