Happy Hive

Marseille, a city of small buildings (the largest is nine stories) had never seen anything just like it. Neither had any other town. Under construction last week was a glassy 17-story apartment house, perched lightly on stilts, to stand in the middle of an eight-acre park (traffic will move freely underneath it). To get this modernity built, France's Ministry of Reconstruction had set aside $3 million and lifted all rationing on concrete and steel.

Seldom before had Swiss-born Architect Le Corbusier had such cooperation: his plans had usually been considered so radical and so...

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