Cruise Ships

Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas (courtesy

Le Corbusier famously wrote in Vers une architecture that we should look to ocean liners as examples of a new, modern architecture. This makes me wonder: what would he think of today’s new generation of XXL cruise ships? After all, these are so large, they are more like floating city blocks than floating object-buildings. Indeed, the largest cruise ships, such as the Oasis of the Seas, have inner courtyards. Corbu abhorred the European perimeter block with its central courtyard, as we know, seeing it as antiquated.

He must surely be rolling over in his grave. Tant pis.

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