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In one of my favourite works by Virginia Woolf, the author reflects on the fleeting life of a day moth as it darts from one edge of her window to the other, unable to access the pastoral landscape unfolding just beyond the pane. A similar sense of confinement resonated as I traced the perimeters of my apartment during recent weeks spent sheltering in place. Like the insect, many of us were restricted to our domestic spaces, finding refuge in momentary glimpses of the outside world through Zoom, FaceTime and other virtual windows.

Not just innate voids in a facade, windows compose particular visions of entire exterior and interior worlds as they merge inside and out. Their strategic positioning is carefully considered, echoing that...

Looking Through Le Corbusier’s Windows

An upcoming exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal opens up questions of isolation, the framing of history and the modernist canon.

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