|Le Corbusier, Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry in Chandigarh|
The text is somewhat ambivalent and seems to express a dialectict between Fry's personal, and Modernism’s general failure. Fry appears naked in his honesty of realising his personal as well as architecture's shortcomings. And yet, as a consequence, there is something revelatory, a particular strength in this letter. Fry seems to have realised something about himself (admitted his loss?), about architecture (disillusioned with Modernism) and maybe about humankind in general. The letter was published in Peter Jones “Ove Arup. Masterbuilder of the Twentieth Century”, Yale University Press, 2006, p. 147-148.
|Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret). Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, 1951-1965. © Fondation Le Corbusier, París.|