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Le Corbusier’s love of the ocean liner

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The ocean liner is self-contained by necessity. By contrast, there is no reason for an urban housing development to be self-contained...unless you want to keep its inhabitants isolated, which seems to have been the goal for a great deal of social housing on both sides of the Atlantic.

There is no need for urban housing to be self contained, that is true. But if it is self-contained, you have shorter distances and better efficiency. If the super market and other facilities are within 3 minutes waking distance, that is definitely a plus. An interesting project in this respect is the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany. It is pretty self-contained (if you need complicated brain surgery, you need to go downtown) and appears to "work", i.e to be unproblematic in view of the social problems mentioned in the article.