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April 13, 2017


Helen Searing

Villa Savoye originally was NOT in an urban setting. And you were supposed to arrive by CAR - the proportions relate to the turning radius of an automobile.

Richard Prouty

Thanks, Helen, for pointing out that the Villa Savoye was supposed to be approached by car.

But doesn't that increase its isolation, its sense of separation?

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