Message - Ronchamp's African Connection

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Posted by  Paul Taylor on May 22, 2003 at 21:35:00:

I enjoyed the piece about the chapel at Ronchamp. It was astute of the writers to notice it didn't seem to fit the vernacular of the region. In fact only a select few are aware that the probable sources of the architect's inspiration were West African mosques. A European or American trained architect upon seeing one of these 'mud" creations is invariably reminded of the French chapel. But these mosques are much older. And when you add to your analysis the artistic movements and explorations active at the time of LeCorbusier creation it appears all but certain that he took his inspiration from West African architecture.

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