Unité d'Habitation IV, Berlin, by Le Corbusier
Alexander Rentsch/Flickr via Creative Commons license Unité d'Habitation IV, Berlin, by Le Corbusier

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced that it will add four sites to its World Heritage List at the close of the 40th session of its World Heritage Committee on July 17. In addition to archaeological sites in Antigua and Bermuda, the Pampulha Modern Ensemble in Brazil, and Khangchendzonga National Park in India's state of Sikkim, the World Heritage Committee recognized 17 projects in seven countries by Le Corbusier for their outstanding contribution to the Modern movement. The selected projects of the French-Swiss architect (born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris) include widely celebrated works such as his Notre Dame du Haut Chapel at Ronchamp (France) and Villa Savoye (Poissy, France) as well as some of his forays into multifamily housing, such as his Unité d'Habitation projects distributed around northern Europe, which were noted at the time for their creative use of béton brut (raw concrete). Also receiving recognition were his Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India; the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo; the House of Dr. Curutchet in La Plata, Argentina.

Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, by Le Corbusier
Duncan Standridge/Flickr via Creative Commons license Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, by Le Corbusier
Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, by Le Corbusier
NtumbaK/Flickr via Creative Commons license Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, by Le Corbusier

A statement released by Antoine Picon, president of the Fondation Le Corbusier—the organization to which Le Corbusier bequeathed his archive of writings, drawings, and travel diaries to serve, as he wrote in a 1960 letter, as "a continuation of the endeavour pursued throughout a lifetime"—expressed the urgency of preservation of these historic sites:

The preservation of the modern heritage, and more specifically of Le Corbusier’s architectural work is a long term venture. The inscription on the World Heritage List of 17 buildings or sites by Le Corbusier represents a strong encouragement to continue all along Le Corbusier's built work to maintain this living heritage and to hand it down to future generations. —Antoine Picon

The Fondation Le Corbusier put together the following video in its proposal for inscription on the World Heritage List: