Le Corbusier's last urban design

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The Berlin plan manifests a distribution of many of Le Corbusier's previous building and urban designs, both built and unbuilt, and, moreover, the placements throughout the plan appear to be done with "contextual, associational, prototypical, typological, symbological and iconographical considerations."*



The Palace of Assembly (Parliament, 1956) of Chandigarh, India is placed adjacent the Reichstag of Berlin.


The round residential towers to the north have their prototypes in the Unités d'habitation projects of Strasbourg (1951) and Meaux (1957).



A museum along Unter den Linden at Pariser Platz has its prototypes in the Musée d'Art Contemporain (Paris, 1931) and the Museum for Unlimited Growth (Philippeville, North Africa: 1939).


Another museum along Unter den Linden has its prototype in the National Museum for Western Arts (Tokyo: 1957-9).


The Y-shaped hi-rise towers throughout the east section of the plan have their prototypes first in the Plan Macia (Bacelona, 1932) and the Le plan de Paris 37 (Paris, 1936).



The fret-shaped residential blocks throughout the plan have their prototypes in the Ville Contemporaine (Paris, 1922) and the Urbanisation de la Rive Gauche de l'Escaut (Anvers, 1933).


What looks like a civic auditorium across from the Gendarnmarkt Platz has its prototypes in the Palais des Soviets (Moscow: 1931) and the Urbanisation de la Ville de Stockholm (Stockholm: 1933). And the oddly shaped building south of the auditorium evokes the Philips Pavilion (Brussels, 1958).

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