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Claude Parent, In Memoriam

Humanist Utopia


The French architect Claude Parent passed away on 27 February, hours after turning 93. Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1923, he who was Le Corbusier’s student built few but highly influential works, from Villa Drusch in Versailles to the Church of Sainte-Bernadette in Nevers and the commercial center in Sens, and his theoretical writings on concepts like the ‘oblique function’ – which he formulated with the philosopher Paul Virilio – were important to several generations of architects, artists, and thinkers. Through the imbalances created by his building works and texts, Parent always sought to rethink ways of living for humanity, and his legacy remains valid and necessary.

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