Corbusier: Les Voyages D'allemagne, Carnets

Corbusier: Les Voyages D'allemagne, Carnets

by Le Corbusier
     
 
Le Corbusier (1887-1965), the great Swiss-French architect, was unquestionably the most important figure in twentieth-century architecture. His work in both design and theory has never been equaled. His most famous buildings include Villa Savoye, Ronchamp Chapel, La Tourette, and Unité d'Habitation, and his manifesto, Towards a New Architecture, is still

Overview

Le Corbusier (1887-1965), the great Swiss-French architect, was unquestionably the most important figure in twentieth-century architecture. His work in both design and theory has never been equaled. His most famous buildings include Villa Savoye, Ronchamp Chapel, La Tourette, and Unité d'Habitation, and his manifesto, Towards a New Architecture, is still read by all students of architecture worldwide.

This set of notebooks reveals the architect's early genius during his formative years. When he was a twenty-three-year-old student traveling through Germany in 1910, he created a record of his journey in both words and remarkable images. Sketching and writing in watercolor, charcoal, and colored pencil, he recorded antique and contemporary architecture, his encounters with influential architects, and anything that crossed his path that he deemed interesting. These sketchbooks are essential to understanding Le Corbusier's vision and growth as an architect.

Published in a limited, numbered edition, the reproduction of the four notebooks is unparalleled. The pages are exceptional facsimiles of the originals, to the point of showing charcoal smudges. The transcription in the fifth volume is equally meticulous, with a clear system of notation to elucidate Le Corbusier's own shorthand and even his crossed-out text. Giuliano Gresleri's comprehensive introduction discusses not only the notebooks themselves but also their impact on Le Corbusier's life and future work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885254153
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Giuliano Gresleri, a respected scholar of Le Corbusier's early years, wrote the introduction for 1987's Le Corbusier: Voyage d'Orient (the precursor of this set). He has written widely on Le Corbusier, especially on his travels.

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