France, new architecture-Le Havre
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Le Havre, France's second largest port, suffered the worst damage of any French city during the Second World War. Over 90% of the city and all major public buildings were destroyed, the port was rendered unusable. The task of reconstruction would require immense planning to restore Le Havre with a new identity. Auguste Perret a architect-turned-town-planner was commissioned to oversee the reconstruction of the city centre. Using reinforced concrete throughout the city's buildings Perret and his team of 60 architects and planners, with free access to land and space, interpreted the new spatiality of the city with homogeneous architecture.