In the mid-20th century, when Venezuela's oil economy drove rapid urbanization and European postwar modernist architects extolled the virtues of class-neutral social housing, the military dictatorship of Gen. Marcos Perez Jimenez commissioned architect Carlos Raul Villanueva to address Venezuela's growing housing challenge. Villanueva's blueprints borrowed from Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier's Soviet-inspired Unite d'Habitation communal housing experiment in Marseille. The result? The 23 de Enero Superblocks.
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