Luis Burriel (SOMOS.arquitectos) has presented a paper in Collecting Geographies Amsterdam

COLLECTING GEOGRAPHIES. Stedejlik Museum, Amsterdam. 13th-15th March, 2014. 

Luis Burriel Bielza has presented his paper under the title "Le Corbusier’s “grouping technique”: the power of iconographic analysis within a global context":

Not only institutions, but also individuals have once pursued to find universal values across history. Collecting provided evidences able to uncover, decipher and reveal our past therefore contributing to better understand our present. Le Corbusier’s postcard collection was the means to dive through different countries, civilizations and centuries, striving to discover constant and shared reflections. His trips enabled him to visit many places, gathering a support where subjects move from painting, sculpture, architecture and traditions. Nevertheless, he never talked to anyone about the existence of this material, nor its classification. Nowadays stored at the FLC following their geographic origin, they can not be studied through deltiology because its analysis tools and categories do not reach to reveal the scope and meaning of this material. This essay comes after an exhibition held at the CIVA Museum in 2013. As proposed by the author, postcards were at the same time a research tool, a didactic tool, a medium for fantasy and liberation. The value of this “compilation” does not only rely only on a particular item, but rather on its position inside a network of concepts that puts it in resonance with the rest of the collection, and further on, vibrating in tension along with a whole array of documents such as sketches, paintings, writings, photographs and projects, all done by Le Corbusier himself. This “poetical assemblage”, indeed an “iconographic discourse”, can be used as a working curating technique, a theoretical reflection on globalization and its role in the contemporary world. In 1935, Le Corbusier organized in his own apartment an exhibition called “Primitive Art”, where artworks from different cultures and times interacted together. He named this procedure “grouping technique” and this concept further reinforces the power and significance of his unknown postcard collection, comprising around 2.300 items.