Cité Radieuse : Night Manifeste du sud

Unité d'habitation Marseille, 13008 Marseille 
Free Entrance 
Opening days: Friday - Sunday 
Opening hours: 10.00 - 18.00

Le Corbusier did not produce many night drawings in his career, but his nocturnal designs for Buenos Aires remains one of his most enlightening urban proposals. Our project for Manifesta 13 addresses how his Unité d’Habitation might have been drawn from the exploration of the alternative possibilities of night in Le Corbusier’s architecture. 

This construction is an installation exploring the role of night in building contemporary Mediterranean urban spaces. It is articulated upon the hypothesis that since the 20th century, modernity has not only transformed night, but above all it has permanently reshaped daytime activities and architecture. 

By creating “night scenes” inside Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, we intend to show how night is not only an area of vulnerability and insecurity, a haunted space, but also a laboratory for the development of new forms of collective living. 

Manifesta is the European Nomadic Biennial that changes location every two years. Founded in the early 1990s, Manifesta rethinks the relation between culture and society, investigating and catalysing positive social change through contemporary culture in response to and in close dialogue with the social sphere of the host cities and their communities.  

Curators invited by par Manifesta : Javier F. Contreras, Roberto Zancan 
Artist / Architect invited by HEAD : José María Sánchez García 
Assistant : Bertrand Van Dorp 
Students : Algarra Sánchez Blanca, D’Elia Nina, Felix Tina, Kocis Chiara, Meyer Mélina, Marzolf Raphaëlle 

A proposal by Departement Architecture d’Intérieur HEAD – Genève with Librairie & Maison d’édition Imbernon. 
Curated by Javier F. Contreras HEAD – Genève, Roberto Zancan HEAD – Genève, Jean-Lucien Bonillo, Librairie & Maison d’édition Imbernon 
Partners : Conseil syndical, l’Association des habitants de l’Unité d’Habitation and the Fondation Le Corbusier 


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Cité Radieuse : Night Manifeste du sud
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