In 1933, an international competition was held to design Linkeroever. At that moment, Le Corbusier was defending the theory behind his modernist ideal city ‘Ville Radieuse’. He saw the competition as a chance to finally build his city. He signed up for the competition and worked for years on an urban planning design. This was 20 years before he started working in Chandigarh.
Le Corbusier spent five years working on the project with Belgian architect Huib Hoste. However, the competition was cut short before a winner could be chosen. Le Corbusier's plan was therefore never executed.
However, the plans and the letters sent between Le Corbusier and his colleague Hoste were stored in the Civa archive in Brussels. They provide an insight into his dream city in Linkeroever and his disappointment at the outcome of the competition.
Thanks to the exhibition, Le Corbusier's plan is being given a new life. The work consists of nine parts that are individually framed. During the restoration, the plans were cleaned and carefully flattened. All tears and imperfections were repaired, after which the paper was mounted on special cardboard for preservation.
The restoration was done in collaboration with the CIVA archive in Brussels, which also owns the plan.