Georges Candilis

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Candilis, Georges


Born Apr. 11, 1913, in Baku. French architect.

Candilis studied at the Athens Polytechnic Institute. From 1946 to 1951 he worked with Le Corbusier in Paris. In 1951 he began designing housing in Morocco, Algeria and Iran. In 1963, Candilis became a professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Since 1955, in collaboration with A. Josic and S. Woods, he has designed university buildings (Free University of Berlin, West Berlin, 1963) and new cities, including Bagnolssur-Céze (in Languedoc, under construction since 1956) and Le Mirail (the twin city of Toulouse, constructed during the 1960’s). In his city planning, Candilis strives to meet fully the demands of the residents’ social and private activities. He also seeks to reduce the adverse effects of traffic on the life of a city through the design of malls, houses on piles, and “internal streets.”


Candilis, G., S. Woods, and A. Josic. Building for People. Washington, D.C., 1968.
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If Guy Debord and the Situationists claimed the rebellious highground in the day-to-day activist philosophy of post-modern France during the 1960s, the architectural counterpart could be seen in the triumvirate of Georges Candilis, Alexis Josic and Shadrach Woods.
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