Cruise Ships

Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas (courtesy royalcaribbean.de)

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.

About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona and teach at CIEE, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

One comment

  1. He is rotating over a lot of stuff.😀

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