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  • 07/24/15--23:16: Looking forward to the past
  • This week’s Iconic Buildings on Radio National’s Blueprint for Living highlights the wonder of Chartres cathedral (see here). I mention […]

    Givernycbisset2013classic Givernytourists jostle on the famous bridgepick a flower, any flower...those wonky Sun and Moon towers, ChartresThe huge labyrinth, Chartresthe newly painted walls against the old dark walls, Chartresstill beautiful, Chartrescrisp and clean vaulting, ChartresGivernycbisset2013classic Givernytourists jostle on the famous bridgepick a flower, any flower...those wonky Sun and Moon towers, ChartresThe huge labyrinth, Chartresthe newly painted walls against the old dark walls, Chartresstill beautiful, Chartrescrisp and clean vaulting, Chartres

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  • 08/14/15--02:44: Sugar cubes in Bordeaux
  • When I was a student I bought a little book called “Lived-in Architecture: Le Corbusier’s Pessac revisited” by Philippe Boudon. […]

    cbisset2013entrance to the Quartiers Modernes Frugesthe opening ceremony in 1926 - those bowler hats!skyscraper stylethe elegant single dwellingarcaded housesthe push-me-pull-you style of terrace as shown in a model of the development, with skyscraper style at topthe museum - the original garage now houses the model of the developmentwide windows - revolutionary at the time, all that light!two Le Corbusier loversthe contrast of renovated and untoucheda traditional house of the areaA modified house with trad windows replacing the strip windowscbisset2013entrance to the Quartiers Modernes Frugesthe opening ceremony in 1926 - those bowler hats!skyscraper stylethe elegant single dwellingarcaded housesthe push-me-pull-you style of terrace as shown in a model of the development, with skyscraper style at topthe museum - the original garage now houses the model of the developmentwide windows - revolutionary at the time, all that light!two Le Corbusier loversthe contrast of renovated and untoucheda traditional house of the areaA modified house with trad windows replacing the strip windows

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  • 08/17/15--17:00: A postscript to Pessac
  • Following my recent piece on Le Corbusier’s housing development at Pessac, Sugarcubes in Bordeaux. I was delighted to receive an […]

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  • 10/06/15--23:07: Seeking the chi in China
  • I was working as an interior designer in London in the 1980s when I first heard about the Chinese practice […]

    China Taiwan 2015cbisset2013sunrise at Wudangshanup to the Golden Summita Taoist followerPurple Heaven Palacea Taoist studentTaishanbringing deity figures to be blessed on Taishanwomen making fake gold ingots to be used as offerings on TaishanConfucius' tombWutaishana quiet courtyardPingyao streetthe Hanging Monastery near Datonga common sightChina Taiwan 2015cbisset2013sunrise at Wudangshanup to the Golden Summita Taoist followerPurple Heaven Palacea Taoist studentTaishanbringing deity figures to be blessed on Taishanwomen making fake gold ingots to be used as offerings on TaishanConfucius' tombWutaishana quiet courtyardPingyao streetthe Hanging Monastery near Datonga common sight

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  • 11/07/15--16:01: War, what is it good for?
  • If there’s one thing that Australia does really well then it’s war memorials. Each one in the state capitals is appropriately […]

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  • 11/14/15--15:10: Paris November 2015
  • Nothing baffles the schemes of evil people so much as the calm composure of great souls. Comte de MirabeauFiled under: […]

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  • 12/08/15--19:38: The frabjous joy of words
  • So I’m strolling along the path beside the sea this morning, gazing at the surf and wondering if I will […]

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  • 01/14/16--14:52: Treading water
  • This morning I woke early, my mind awash with thoughts, and so I decided to go for a walk by […]

    cbisset2013the Pacific Ocean in the early morningShanghaiLondonevading bad spirits, DatongChinese Year animals fountain, TaiyuanPointe du Raz, Brittanya Japanese waterfallCalm in Gunnamatta Baycbisset2013the Pacific Ocean in the early morningShanghaiLondonevading bad spirits, DatongChinese Year animals fountain, TaiyuanPointe du Raz, Brittanya Japanese waterfallCalm in Gunnamatta Bay

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  • 02/06/16--17:51: For the love of concrete!
  • I wonder if it’s natural to hold affection for the buildings that were constructed in your youth. For me, as […]

    4839800063_54fe42f976_bcbisset2013John FieldingLe Corbusier's glorious chapel at Ronchamprooftop, Unite d'habitation, MarseilleUTS TowerUTS Tower interiorJean Nouvel's Central Park OneLasdun's National Theatre (photo: Aurelien Guichard/ wikimedia)National Theatre interior (photo: Alex Livet/ Flickr)Central Park OneAlfred Essa4839800063_54fe42f976_bcbisset2013John FieldingLe Corbusier's glorious chapel at Ronchamprooftop, Unite d'habitation, MarseilleUTS TowerUTS Tower interiorJean Nouvel's Central Park OneLasdun's National Theatre (photo: Aurelien Guichard/ wikimedia)National Theatre interior (photo: Alex Livet/ Flickr)Central Park OneAlfred Essa

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    Recently I recorded a programme for Radio National on the future of skyscrapers (podcast here, article here). Researching the subject […]

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  • 03/22/16--21:37: The bland leading the bland
  • I’ve just finished re-reading a magnificent book that was written by architect Robin Boyd and first published in 1960. I […]

    Bland St, Australiacbisset2013The Australian UglinessWhere on earth?pick'n'mixIMG_0127IMG_0126IMG_0153 (2)IMG_0164 (2)Bland St, Australiacbisset2013The Australian UglinessWhere on earth?pick'n'mixIMG_0127IMG_0126IMG_0153 (2)IMG_0164 (2)

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  • 05/03/16--18:52: Cut down to size
  •   This morning the usual peace and quiet of my suburban street was shattered by the sound of a chainsaw. […]

    cbisset2013that'll teach nature...Sydney jacarandas (Flickr/Francisco Martins)my Illawarra Flame Treethe power of manMount Wilson in the Blue MountainsSingapore (flickr/Jorge Cancela)who doesn't like trees?cbisset2013that'll teach nature...Sydney jacarandas (Flickr/Francisco Martins)my Illawarra Flame Treethe power of manMount Wilson in the Blue MountainsSingapore (flickr/Jorge Cancela)who doesn't like trees?

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    I’m thrilled to announce the release of my novel, Loving Le Corbusier. The novel is a fictionalized account of the life […]

    IMG_0281cbisset2013Loving Le CorbusierYvonne in the late 1920sParis skylinenear the cabanonVilla Savoyethe Petit Saint Benoit restaurantthe Vert-GalantPortrait of Yvonne by her husband (collection Fondation Le Corbusier)Loving Le CorbusierIMG_0281cbisset2013Loving Le CorbusierYvonne in the late 1920sParis skylinenear the cabanonVilla Savoyethe Petit Saint Benoit restaurantthe Vert-GalantPortrait of Yvonne by her husband (collection Fondation Le Corbusier)Loving Le Corbusier

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    I just wanted to let you know that my novel ‘Loving Le Corbusier’ is now available across all the ebookstore […]

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  • 05/21/16--23:23: A moment’s pause…
  • The period after a novel’s release is sometimes as fraught as the lead-up, but in an entirely different way. It’s […]

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  • 06/04/16--16:48: Q&A WITH WRITER COLIN BISSET
  • Originally posted on victoria blake:
    Author Colin Bisset Today I’m very glad to welcome the writer, traveller and broadcaster, Colin Bisset…

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    It’s easy to forget that most architects head a team. In the case of Le Corbusier, much of his work […]

    cbisset2013the cousins put their dooks up (c FLC)the unrealised Palace of the Soviets (flickr Kitchener.Lord)House at Pessac 1926Villa Savoye 1929The High Court, Chandigarh (Flickr personne.de.chandigarh)Panjab University, by Pierre Jeanneret (wikimedia commons)Gandhi Bhawan by Pierre (flickr Aleksandr Zykov), a place to study the work of GandhPierre in massive trousers, with his talelr cousincbisset2013the cousins put their dooks up (c FLC)the unrealised Palace of the Soviets (flickr Kitchener.Lord)House at Pessac 1926Villa Savoye 1929The High Court, Chandigarh (Flickr personne.de.chandigarh)Panjab University, by Pierre Jeanneret (wikimedia commons)Gandhi Bhawan by Pierre (flickr Aleksandr Zykov), a place to study the work of GandhPierre in massive trousers, with his talelr cousin

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    I just had to share this photo. It shows a jokily mocked-up hard copy of my novel Loving Le Corbusier […]

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    If you’re curious to see what the home of Le Corbusier was like, I’ve put together a slide-show on YouTube […]

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  • 07/21/16--01:27: The year of Le Corbusier
  • I’m aware that this site is beginning to look like one dedicated only to Le Corbusier but you must allow […]

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