Architecture: Homage to Corbu

The Swiss-born architect, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, came from a nation that gives social precedence to hotelkeepers and watchmakers. Annoyed by the lack of interest in avant-garde building there, he left Switzerland for good at the age of 30 in 1918, remarking that "the Swiss are clean, industrious, and to hell with them." At the time of his death in 1965, not one of his 75 major buildings could be found within the borders of his homeland.

For all that, homage is being rendered to Corbu in Zurich. A brand-new two-story center there will soon display samples of...

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