These materials were originally presented at the Docomomo National Symposium in June, 2015.
CONCRETE AND RELIGIOUS MODERNISM
MODERN RELIGIOUS ICON: LE CORBUSIER'S RELIGIOUS HERITAGE
After World War II, when the relationships between the Modern Movement and religious architecture were revisited in France under the influence of the Dominican friar Couturier, Le Corbusier realized the chapel of Ronchamp (1953-1955), the monastery of La Tourette (1956 -1960), and drew the plans of Saint-Pierre de Firminy’s church which was built after his death. In the past few years, these iconic Brutalist buildings were respectively extended (R. Piano) restored (D. Repelin) and achieved (J. Oubrerie). While we’re commemorating the 50th anniversary of Le Corbusier's death, these recent interventions address the challenges of preserving the religious heritage of concrete.