chapter  11
Le Corbusier and the restorative fragment at the Swiss Pavilion
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One of the most challenging questions for the contemporary architectural

discourse is the problem of meaning: can architecture regain its traditional role as

an essentially narrative art, or has it become primarily an abstract, autonomous

technological discipline? Have the radical changes in modern culture, and in the

domain of architectural technology, theory and practice of the last two centuries,

irrevocably curtailed architecture’s power to communicate about some of the

more profound aspects of the human condition, to play an ethical role in our lives?