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Modernist architect Le Corbusier pioneered the use of brise soleil in the earlier part of the 20th century. Shown clockwise from top: Palace of Assembly, Chandigarh, India, built 1962; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA, built 1963; Sainte Marie de La Tourette monastery in France, completed 1960. Note the deeply set windows, sheltered bottom story, and vertical fins.

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