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Incidentally, another great disciple (whether he knew it or not) of Le Corbusier, the Romanian communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, put into practic e Le Corbusier’s concept of ‘agrovilles.’ Ceausescu was just the kind of patron of whom Le Corbusier dreamed all his life: a man not afraid, indeed eager, to bulldoze the whole accreted mess of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth buildings, and replace it with a totally planned environment, in other words without the slightest consideration of what is; and, of course, whatever could be said of the mess in the towns could be said of the mess in the countryside, where the irrational peasants insisted upon living in their little houses with their stupid wooden carvings and window boxes with their inefficient, time-consuming flowers. Systematisation came to them too; they were herded into the very kind of apartment blocks (constructed, of course, with built-in decay) that Le Corbusier had designed.
What Ceausescu did to Romania, Le Corbusier wanted to do to the whole world. He was the moving force behind the Congres International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) whose goal was to prescribe architectural and building standards the world over, and the report of whose second meeting in 1929, written by Le Corbusier himself, started ‘The poverty, the inadequacy of traditional techniques have brought in their wake a confusion of powers, an artificial mingling of functions… We must find and apply new methods lending themselves naturally to standardisation [and] industrialisation. If we persist in the present methods, we will remain petrified in the same immobility.’
— Theodore Dalrymple, Axess