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ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape Walter

ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape by Walter

The ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape, otherwise known as the The !Xam Khomani Heartland corresponds in fact to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. To add some more confusion, together with the Bostwana Gemsbok National Parks, if forms the African Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

South Africa justifies the OUV with the association of the red dunes of the parks and the ǂKhomani and related San people, who descend directly from the ancient population that inhabited southern Africa around 150,000 years ago.

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Levadas of Madeira Island (T) Walter

Levadas of Madeira Island  (T) by Walter

The levadas of Madeira island are a system of channels and aqueducs collecting waters from the mountains and bringing them down to the coastal areas, for irrigation of lands or hydroelectric plants.

Levadas are widespread around the island. They pass through forests (notably the Laurisilva Forest on the WHL), going hillside, hanging on almost vertical cliffs or going through tunnels. Building them was an engineering achievment, Madeirans are very proud of. This project can be compared with the “Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman”. For me, it clearly has an OUV.

Many hiking trails follow the course of the levadas. A practical guide is published by Rother Wanderfuhrer, available in German , English and French (

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Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T) Walter

Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T) by Walter

The Talaiotic Culture is an ancient society established on the Balearic Island between the Iron Age and its replacement by the Punic and the Roman cultures. Menorca Island has many stone remains of that culture, of which 25 are to be considered to be nominated as WHS.

I used to have family vacation on Menorca, the least developed and most natural island on the Balearic Islands. Vacation on Menorca is rather laid-back. Development on Menorca was slow, and unlike Ibiza and Mallorca, huge concrete hotels and vacation town are absent. Beaches are very nice, with clear blue water, often enclosed between trees-covered cliffs on both sides.

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Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T) Walter

Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T) by Walter

Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří Mining Cultural Landscape was originally planned for nomination in 2016. I decided to visit this TL site ahead of its official inscription, in april 2016. This nomination was withdrawn a few weeks later, due to the ICOMOS evaluation, pointing, as I understood, a lack of coherence between the individual components.

It is true that this project is difficult to apprehend. On the German side, there is 8 areas, with 39 elements and more than 110 sites (some sites including up to 11 significant objects). The Czech side consists of 4 cultural lanscapes, one lime work and the Red Tower of Death.

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Namib Sand Sea Walter

Namib Sand Sea by Walter

I was suprised no one has reviewed this site yet, as it is considered the number one destination in Namibia. I visited the area back in 1996.

The « Namib Sand Sea » is a huge desert of sand dunes blocked between the semi-arid plains in the east and the cold atlantic ocean in the west. On an independant basis, the Sossusvlei area is the easiest to visit. Nowaday, I’ve read that there can be long lines to enter the park. Back in 1996, it was a solitary place.

Sossusvlei is a magnificiant and magical area. A road, now tarred, is following a large white salt and clay pan deep into the sand sea. All around are numerous high pink dunes, some being more than 300 meters high. It is a photographer’s paradise.

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Country: Switzerland

Visited WHS: 336

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Proposal New WHS: The cultural landscape (turf houses) of the Feroe Island.
The culutral landscape of Aran island (Ireland)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 06.10.17


  1. Major Town Houses
  2. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  6. Ephesus
  7. Villa d'Este
  8. Val d'Orcia
  9. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  10. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  11. Guimarães
  12. Vienna
  13. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  14. Masada
  15. Old City of Acre
  16. Aranjuez
  17. Alto Douro
  18. Tugendhat Villa
  19. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  20. Churches of Peace
  21. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  22. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  23. Trebic
  24. Kew Gardens
  25. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  26. Monte San Giorgio
  27. Um er-Rasas
  28. White City of Tel-Aviv
  29. Incense Route of the Negev
  30. Biblical Tells
  31. Pico Island
  32. Muskauer Park
  33. Grimeton Radio Station
  34. Kernavë Archeological Site
  35. Liverpool
  36. Thingvellir
  37. Causses and Cévennes
  38. Regensburg
  39. Etruscan Necropolises
  40. Pitons Management Area
  41. Centennial Hall
  42. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  43. Struve Geodetic Arc
  44. West Norwegian Fjords
  45. Aflaj irrigation system
  46. Genoa
  47. Vizcaya Bridge
  48. Bahá’i Holy Places
  49. Rideau Canal
  50. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  51. Stari Grad Plain
  52. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  53. San Marino and Mount Titano
  54. Kotor
  55. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  56. Bordeaux
  57. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  58. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  59. Rhaetian Railway
  60. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  61. Fortifications of Vauban
  62. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  63. Stoclet House
  64. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  65. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  66. Valletta
  67. Tower of Hercules
  68. Heritage of Mercury
  69. Longobards in Italy
  70. Royal Joseon Tombs
  71. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  72. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  73. Hahoe and Yangdong
  74. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  75. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  76. Elvas
  77. Fagus Factory
  78. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  79. Serra de Tramuntana
  80. Wadi Rum
  81. Margravial Opera House
  82. University of Coimbra
  83. Mount Carmel Caves
  84. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  85. Stevns Klint
  86. Bethlehem
  87. Van Nellefabriek
  88. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  89. Corvey
  90. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  91. Par force hunting landscape
  92. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  93. Old City of Jerusalem
  94. Forth Bridge
  95. Battir
  96. Caves and Ice Age Art
  97. Venetian Works of Defence
  98. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape
  99. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  100. Fontainebleau
  101. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  102. Speyer Cathedral
  103. Würzburg Residence
  104. Florence
  105. Medici Villas and Gardens
  106. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  107. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  108. Old Havana
  109. Angra do Heroismo
  110. Avignon
  111. Nancy
  112. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  113. Vallée de Mai
  114. Belem
  115. Monastery of Batalha
  116. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  117. Old City of Berne
  118. Abbey of St Gall
  119. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  120. Mesa Verde
  121. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  122. Lübeck
  123. Yellowstone
  124. Vatican City
  125. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  126. Cracow
  127. Cologne Cathedral
  128. Aachen Cathedral
  129. Québec
  130. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  131. Statue of Liberty
  132. Yosemite National Park
  133. Auschwitz Birkenau
  134. Segovia
  135. Asturian Monuments
  136. Cordoba
  137. Granada
  138. Burgos Cathedral
  139. El Escurial
  140. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  141. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  142. Petra
  143. Quseir Amra
  144. Medina of Marrakesh
  145. Pont du Gard
  146. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  147. Santiago de Compostela
  148. Avila
  149. Rock Art of Alta
  150. Chaco Culture
  151. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  152. Istanbul
  153. Medina of Tunis
  154. Evora
  155. Trier
  156. Giant's Causeway
  157. Site of Carthage
  158. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  159. Toledo
  160. Salamanca
  161. Seville
  162. Caceres
  163. Studenica Monastery
  164. Skocjan Caves
  165. Venice and its Lagoon
  166. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  167. Budapest
  168. Ibiza
  169. Westminster
  170. City of Bath
  171. Bahla Fort
  172. Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
  173. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  174. Tower of London
  175. Taos Pueblo
  176. Strasbourg
  177. Canterbury
  178. Medina of Sousse
  179. Monastery of Alcobaça
  180. Neolithic Orkney
  181. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  182. Kiev
  183. Potsdam
  184. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  185. Quedlinburg
  186. Vilnius
  187. Maulbronn Monastery
  188. Royal Palace at Caserta
  189. Røros
  190. San Gimignano
  191. Birka and Hovgarden
  192. Engelsberg Ironworks
  193. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  194. Skogskyrkogarden
  195. Drottningholm
  196. Sammallahdenmäki
  197. Old Rauma
  198. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  199. Petäjävesi Old Church
  200. Bryggen
  201. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  202. Reims
  203. Prague
  204. Cesky Krumlov
  205. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  206. Telc
  207. Vlkolinec
  208. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  209. Bamberg
  210. Bourges Cathedral
  211. Himeji-jo
  212. Yakushima
  213. Mérida
  214. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  215. Völklingen Ironworks
  216. Ancient Kyoto
  217. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  218. Roskilde Cathedral
  219. Kronborg Castle
  220. Jelling
  221. City of Luxembourg
  222. Mtskheta
  223. Upper Svaneti
  224. Gelati Monastery
  225. Vicenza
  226. Siena
  227. Messel Pit
  228. Carlsbad Caverns
  229. Sintra
  230. Naples
  231. Edinburgh
  232. Bauhaus Sites
  233. Crespi d'Adda
  234. Visby
  235. Kutna Hora
  236. Ferrara
  237. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  238. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  239. Haeinsa Temple
  240. Jongmyo Shrine
  241. Schokland
  242. Grand Canyon
  243. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  244. Oporto
  245. Sceilg Mhichíl
  246. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  247. Gammelstad
  248. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  249. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  250. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  251. Laponian Area
  252. Genbaku Dome
  253. Itsukushima Shrine
  254. Haghpat and Sanahin
  255. Cuenca
  256. La Lonja de la Seda
  257. Luther Memorials
  258. Salzburg
  259. Semmering Railway
  260. Schönbrunn
  261. Ravenna
  262. Pienza
  263. Maritime Greenwich
  264. Verona
  265. Las Medulas
  266. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  267. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  268. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  269. Chartres Cathedral
  270. Trogir
  271. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  272. Kinderdijk
  273. Tallinn
  274. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  275. Botanical Garden, Padua
  276. Aquileia
  277. Modena
  278. Urbino
  279. Pompei
  280. Versailles
  281. Costiera Amalfitana
  282. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  283. Vézelay
  284. Viñales Valley
  285. Classical Weimar
  286. Riga
  287. Flemish Béguinages
  288. The Four Lifts
  289. Grand Place, Brussels
  290. Holy Trinity Column
  291. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  292. Holasovice
  293. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  294. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  295. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  296. Ancient Nara
  297. Karlskrona
  298. Lyon
  299. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  300. Tarraco
  301. Alcala de Henares
  302. Bellinzone
  303. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  304. Wartburg Castle
  305. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  306. Beemster Polder
  307. Litomysl Castle
  308. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  309. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  310. Rome
  311. Nikko
  312. Robben Island
  313. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  314. Palmeral of Elche
  315. Graz
  316. Saint-Emilion
  317. Loire Valley
  318. Laurisilva of Madeira
  319. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  320. Belfries
  321. Mostar
  322. Dubrovnik
  323. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  324. Monastery of Geghard
  325. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  326. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  327. Southern Öland
  328. Split
  329. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  330. Reichenau
  331. Zollverein
  332. Gyeongju
  333. Plitvice Lakes
  334. Roman Walls of Lugo
  335. Assisi
  336. Brugge
  1. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  2. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  3. Aires volcaniques et forestières de la Martinique (T)
  4. Alaverdi Cathedral (T)
  5. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  6. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  7. Ancares - Somiedo (T)
  8. Ancient Jericho: Tell es-Sultan (T)
  9. Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio (T)
  10. Azraq (T)
  11. Bet She'an (T)
  12. Big Bend National Park (T)
  13. Breiðafjörður Nature Reserve (T)
  14. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  15. Bulwarked Fortifications of the "Raia" (Border) (T)
  16. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  17. Caesarea (T)
  18. Cascata delle Marmore and valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  19. Central Park (T)
  20. Chaîne des Puys et faille de Limagne (T)
  21. Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (T)
  22. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  23. City of Motovun (T)
  24. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  25. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  26. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  27. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  28. David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage (T)
  29. Degania & Nahalal (T)
  30. Djerdap National Park (T)
  31. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  32. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  33. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  34. El Ferrol of the Illustration Historical Heritage (T)
  35. El-Bariyah: wilderness with monasteries (T)
  36. Ellis Island (T)
  37. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  38. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  39. Flow Country (T)
  40. Fortified Manasija Monastery (T)
  41. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  42. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  43. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  44. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  45. Grenadines Island Group (T)
  46. Hangar Y (T)
  47. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  48. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  49. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston with Mali Ston, connecting walls, the Mali Ston Bay nature reserve, Stonsko Po (T)
  50. Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg (T)
  51. Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (T)
  52. Jerusalem (T)
  53. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  54. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  55. La Camargue (T)
  56. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  57. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  58. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  59. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  60. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  61. Le rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées (T)
  62. Le tronçon Bavay-Tongres de la chaussée romaine Boulogne-Cologne situe sur le territoire de la Région wallonne (T)
  63. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  64. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  65. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  66. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  67. Madinat al-Zahra (T)
  68. Makhteshim Country (T)
  69. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  70. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  71. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  72. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  73. Mid-Atlantic Ridge (T)
  74. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T)
  75. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T)
  76. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  77. Mosquée de Tinmel (T)
  78. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  79. Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (T)
  80. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  81. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  82. Ödön Lechner's independent pre-modern architecture (T)
  83. Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales, Meudon (T)
  84. Orvieto (T)
  85. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  86. Paimio Hospital (formerly Paimio Sanatorium) (T)
  87. Parc national de la Vanoise (T)
  88. Parc national des Écrins (T)
  89. Paysage culturel minier des Monts Métallifères (Erzgebirge) (T)
  90. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  91. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  92. Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di Ventre (T)
  93. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  94. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  95. QUMRAN: Caves and Monastery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (T)
  96. Rade de Marseille (T)
  97. Reef System in the Cuban Caribbean (T)
  98. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)
  99. Saimaa-Pielinen Lake System (T)
  100. Samtavisi Cathedral (T)
  101. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  102. Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)
  103. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  104. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  105. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  106. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  107. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  108. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  109. St. George Fortified System (T)
  110. St. George Historic District (T)
  111. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  112. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  113. Teylers (T)
  114. The archaeological site of the city of Dvin (T)
  115. The basilica and archaeological site of Yererouk (T)
  116. The Burren (T)
  117. The Céide Fields and North West Mayo Boglands (T)
  118. The city of Bergamo (T)
  119. The Crusader Fortresses (T)
  120. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  121. The Forstress of Terez (T)
  122. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  123. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  124. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  125. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  126. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  127. The Lofoten islands (T)
  128. The Mediterranean Facet of the Pyrenees (France-Spain) (T)
  129. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  130. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi (T)
  131. The monastery of Noravank and the upper Amaghou Valley (T)
  132. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  133. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blagaj (T)
  134. The natural and architectural ensemble of Blidinje (T)
  135. The natural and architectural ensemble of Stolac (T)
  136. The Naumburg Cathedral and the landscape of the rivers Saale and Unstrut an important dominion in the High Middle Ages (T)
  137. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  138. The Rock paintings of Astuvansalmi at Ristiina (T)
  139. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  140. The Silver Route (T)
  141. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  142. The Trelleborg fortresses (T)
  143. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  144. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  145. Timna (T)
  146. Torfajökull Volcanic System / Fjallabak Nature Reserve (T)
  147. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  148. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  149. Uplistsikhe Cave Town (T)
  150. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  151. Vatnajökull National Park (T)
  152. Velebit Mountain (T)
  153. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  154. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Jelling mounds, runic stones, palisade area and church (T)
  155. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / The Trelleborg fortresses, Denmark (T)
  156. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  157. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  158. Voormalige Nazorgkolonie en Sanatorium Zonnestraal (T)
  159. Western Stone Forts (T)
  160. White Sands National Monument (T)
  1. Atacama Desert
  2. Chernobyl
  3. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  4. Concordia
  5. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area
  6. Devils Island (on French Guiana)
  7. Dzongs of Bhutan
  8. Island of Inishmore
  9. Jebel Shams, Wadi Nakhur, and Wadi Ghul
  10. Laas Gaal
  11. Mt Kailash
  12. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  13. Salisbury Plains, Grytviken
  14. Scrovegni's Chapel
  15. Shwedagon Pagoda
  16. Svalbard
  17. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow
  18. Triple arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan
  19. Vatnajökull National Park
  20. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier