Message - Corbusier and Erskine

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Posted by  annie on December 19, 2002 at 13:02:49:

Hi, I`ve never really posted anything here before but read the site quite regularly. I am a slightly more mature student in an art related degree, though I have a burning desire to study architecture and hope to begin university life AGAIN next year. Though first I must finish my current course! I am currently researching for a kind of essay/debate/project, in which I have decided to discuss Le Corbusier`s Marseilles Unite d`Habitation and Ralph Erskine`s Byker Housing in Newcastle (1969-81), and how they represent what may be seen as two different solutions to high density urban housing. I hope to compare and contrast the two examples and describe the evolution of the Byker scheme (and to what extent it provides an advance in quality, on the Marseilles scheme).

I have studied many textbooks but find them all to be quite repetitive and confusing at times. I was also shocked to find that what I initially thought to be an original fresh idea from Corbusier, upon greater depth is deemed no more than a hugh mistake, and grotesque!

Anyway I am finding the whole topic rather confusing and am hoping that perhaps if I could hear someones elses views on the topic perhaps I could pin point an origin in which to start my research! (<---dont worry, it makes sense to me somehow!)
Thank you, Annie

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