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

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Title: Just a failed shopping-scape? Urban and public values of Le Mirail’s dalle
Author: Martín Domínguez, Guiomar
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10437/6495
Date: 2013


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