Just a failed shopping-scape? Urban and public values of Le Mirail’s dalle

Martín Domínguez, Guiomar (2013). Just a failed shopping-scape? Urban and public values of Le Mirail’s dalle. "Lusofona Journal of Architecture and Education" (n. 8-9); ISSN 1646-6756.

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Title: Just a failed shopping-scape? Urban and public values of Le Mirail’s dalle
Author/s:
  • Martín Domínguez, Guiomar
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Lusofona Journal of Architecture and Education
Date: 2013
ISSN: 1646-6756
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Proyectos Arquitectónicos
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The famous plan for Toulouse-Le Mirail, by Candilis/Josic/Woods (1961), proposed a radical and hitherto new public space, the dalle, an elevated linear ?stem? that wove the whole urban intervention and concentrated all the commercial, social and cultural activity of the neighbourhood. However, the project is today stigmatized as a total social failure. The dalle has been demolished and a traditional commercial street has been implemented. Was demolition the sole alternative for Le Mirail?s future? This paper aims at identifying certain themes around the conception of the dalle, capable of informing today?s theory and practice in the design of new shopping/public-scapes. It reflects on both the most positive values of the project and on its naiveties and mistakes, conscious of the social unrest that aggrandized them. Ultimately, it calls for a deeper reflection on the urban proposals of the Modern Movement, beyond demolition as the only possible solution.

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Item ID: 25822
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/25822/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:25822
Official URL: http://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/revlae/index
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 07 Oct 2015 07:24
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 07:24
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