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Photo: Nuns' Story

02 August 2013

Nuns' story: the Carmel de la Paix convent, Mazille, in Burgundy, in J. K. Birksted's exploration An Architecture of Ineloquence: José Lluis Sert's Carmel de la Paix: A study in modern architecture and religion. The convent was designed and built from 1968 to 1972. The nuns asked for something "ordinary", but had extraordinary requirements. The result, "quietly erased from architectural history", challenges basic Modernist principles besides avoiding conventional architectural ways of evoking "holiness", the author argues (Ashgate, £60 (£54); 978-0-7546-7801-4)

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