Art: The Trouble with Stilts

For three years skeptical Frenchmen have watched Le Corbusier's ultramodern "Radiant City" taking form in the suburbs of Marseille (TIME, Feb. 2, 1948; June 12, 1950). They found plenty of fault with the 300-family apartment house. The quarters were cramped, the master bedrooms offered hardly any privacy from the living rooms, and windowless kitchens would make it hard for the pungent odors of French cooking to escape, or for French housewives to throw their garbage into the street. Last week, with the building nearing completion, vinophilic Frenchmen were talking about the most serious...

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