Places That Should Be World Heritage Sites

By Hadley Keller - 2014-07-10T18:31:06Z

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Villa Savoye  

Poissy, France

While UNESCO recognizes hundreds of architectural feats from early civilization, their “masterpiece of human creative genius” criteria seems to have an expiration date before recent history (with the exception of the Sydney Opera House, recognized in 2007). Le Corbusier’s famous residential project has long been considered a springboard for modern architecture and contemporary living. It also has a significant historical provenance: after being built for the Jewish Savoye family in 1929, it was seized by Nazis when they were sent to concentration camps and later claimed by the French government and designated a National Monument. World Heritage status would provide due recognition to an important architectural movement and allow for better upkeep of the property, which has deteriorated with time.

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