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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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Name: Walter

Country: Switzerland

Visited WHS: 340

Most Impressive:

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


  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. Teide National Park
  58. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  59. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  60. Rhaetian Railway
  61. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  62. Fortifications of Vauban
  63. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  64. Stoclet House
  65. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  66. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  67. Valletta
  68. Tower of Hercules
  69. Heritage of Mercury
  70. Longobards in Italy
  71. Royal Joseon Tombs
  72. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  73. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  74. Hahoe and Yangdong
  75. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  76. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  77. Elvas
  78. Fagus Factory
  79. Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin
  80. Serra de Tramuntana
  81. Wadi Rum
  82. Margravial Opera House
  83. University of Coimbra
  84. Mount Carmel Caves
  85. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  86. Stevns Klint
  87. Bethlehem
  88. Van Nellefabriek
  89. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  90. Corvey
  91. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  92. Par force hunting landscape
  93. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  94. Old City of Jerusalem
  95. Forth Bridge
  96. Battir
  97. Caves and Ice Age Art
  98. Venetian Works of Defence
  99. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape
  100. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  101. Fontainebleau
  102. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  103. Speyer Cathedral
  104. Würzburg Residence
  105. Florence
  106. Medici Villas and Gardens
  107. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  108. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  109. Old Havana
  110. Angra do Heroismo
  111. Avignon
  112. Nancy
  113. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  114. Vallée de Mai
  115. Belem
  116. Monastery of Batalha
  117. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  118. Old City of Berne
  119. Abbey of St Gall
  120. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  121. Mesa Verde
  122. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  123. Lübeck
  124. Yellowstone
  125. Vatican City
  126. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  127. Cracow
  128. Cologne Cathedral
  129. Aachen Cathedral
  130. Québec
  131. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  132. Statue of Liberty
  133. Yosemite National Park
  134. Auschwitz Birkenau
  135. Segovia
  136. Asturian Monuments
  137. Cordoba
  138. Granada
  139. Burgos Cathedral
  140. El Escurial
  141. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  142. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  143. Petra
  144. Quseir Amra
  145. Medina of Marrakesh
  146. Pont du Gard
  147. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  148. Santiago de Compostela
  149. Avila
  150. Rock Art of Alta
  151. Chaco Culture
  152. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  153. Istanbul
  154. Medina of Tunis
  155. Evora
  156. Trier
  157. Giant's Causeway
  158. Site of Carthage
  159. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  160. Toledo
  161. Garajonay
  162. Salamanca
  163. Seville
  164. Caceres
  165. Studenica Monastery
  166. Skocjan Caves
  167. Venice and its Lagoon
  168. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  169. Budapest
  170. Ibiza
  171. Westminster
  172. City of Bath
  173. Bahla Fort
  174. Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
  175. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  176. Tower of London
  177. Taos Pueblo
  178. Strasbourg
  179. Canterbury
  180. Medina of Sousse
  181. Monastery of Alcobaça
  182. Neolithic Orkney
  183. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  184. Kiev
  185. Potsdam
  186. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  187. Quedlinburg
  188. Vilnius
  189. Maulbronn Monastery
  190. Royal Palace at Caserta
  191. Røros
  192. San Gimignano
  193. Birka and Hovgarden
  194. Engelsberg Ironworks
  195. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  196. Skogskyrkogarden
  197. Drottningholm
  198. Sammallahdenmäki
  199. Old Rauma
  200. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  201. Petäjävesi Old Church
  202. Bryggen
  203. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  204. Reims
  205. Prague
  206. Cesky Krumlov
  207. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  208. Telc
  209. Vlkolinec
  210. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  211. Bamberg
  212. Bourges Cathedral
  213. Himeji-jo
  214. Yakushima
  215. Mérida
  216. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  217. Völklingen Ironworks
  218. Ancient Kyoto
  219. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  220. Roskilde Cathedral
  221. Kronborg Castle
  222. Jelling
  223. City of Luxembourg
  224. Mtskheta
  225. Upper Svaneti
  226. Gelati Monastery
  227. Vicenza
  228. Siena
  229. Messel Pit
  230. Carlsbad Caverns
  231. Sintra
  232. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  233. Naples
  234. Edinburgh
  235. Bauhaus Sites
  236. Crespi d'Adda
  237. Visby
  238. Kutna Hora
  239. Ferrara
  240. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  241. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  242. Haeinsa Temple
  243. Jongmyo Shrine
  244. Schokland
  245. Grand Canyon
  246. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  247. Oporto
  248. Sceilg Mhichíl
  249. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  250. Gammelstad
  251. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  252. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  253. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  254. Laponian Area
  255. Genbaku Dome
  256. Itsukushima Shrine
  257. Haghpat and Sanahin
  258. Cuenca
  259. La Lonja de la Seda
  260. Luther Memorials
  261. Salzburg
  262. Semmering Railway
  263. Schönbrunn
  264. Ravenna
  265. Pienza
  266. Maritime Greenwich
  267. Verona
  268. Las Medulas
  269. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  270. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  271. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  272. Chartres Cathedral
  273. Trogir
  274. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  275. Kinderdijk
  276. Tallinn
  277. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  278. Botanical Garden, Padua
  279. Aquileia
  280. Modena
  281. Urbino
  282. Pompei
  283. Versailles
  284. Costiera Amalfitana
  285. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  286. Vézelay
  287. Viñales Valley
  288. Classical Weimar
  289. Riga
  290. Flemish Béguinages
  291. The Four Lifts
  292. Grand Place, Brussels
  293. Holy Trinity Column
  294. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  295. Holasovice
  296. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  297. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  298. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  299. Ancient Nara
  300. Karlskrona
  301. Lyon
  302. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  303. Tarraco
  304. Alcala de Henares
  305. Bellinzone
  306. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  307. Wartburg Castle
  308. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  309. Beemster Polder
  310. Litomysl Castle
  311. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  312. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  313. Rome
  314. Nikko
  315. Robben Island
  316. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  317. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  318. Palmeral of Elche
  319. Graz
  320. Saint-Emilion
  321. Loire Valley
  322. Laurisilva of Madeira
  323. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  324. Belfries
  325. Mostar
  326. Dubrovnik
  327. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  328. Monastery of Geghard
  329. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  330. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  331. Southern Öland
  332. Split
  333. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  334. Reichenau
  335. Zollverein
  336. Gyeongju
  337. Plitvice Lakes
  338. Roman Walls of Lugo
  339. Assisi
  340. 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