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Essential Le Corbusier: L'esprit Nouveau Articles

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Essential Le Corbusier brings together in one volume the three main books in the Architectural Press Le Corbusier series: Towards a New Architecture; The Decorative Art of Today and The City of Tomorrow. These classic texts provide architects and students of architecture with the information they need about Le Corbusier and his works in one, complete, highly illustrated volume.

Towards a New Architecture The only piece of architectural writing that will be classed among the ...

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Overview

Essential Le Corbusier brings together in one volume the three main books in the Architectural Press Le Corbusier series: Towards a New Architecture; The Decorative Art of Today and The City of Tomorrow. These classic texts provide architects and students of architecture with the information they need about Le Corbusier and his works in one, complete, highly illustrated volume.

Towards a New Architecture The only piece of architectural writing that will be classed among the "essential literature of the 20th century." In Vers une Architecture, published in Paris in 1923, Le Corbusier equates the pure forms of the machine with the pure forms of the Parthenon, to illustrate his view of architecture as a question of mass rather than facades, and that machines are highly architectural. First published in English in 1927, it is now the most influential architectural manifesto of modern times.

The City of Tomorrow
'In this book there repeatedly occur statements, comments and criticisms that strike a completely contemporary note and indicate his awareness of the same environmental problems that we are occupied with today. He saw further ahead than we may think.'
J.M.Richards

The Decorative Art of Today This volume concerned with design, Le Corbusier's principal theme, is the distinction between a work of art and an object of use. He states that the latter should not attempt to usurp the role of the former. The arguments put forward, which are essential to an understanding of Le Corbusier's apparently reductivist design, are nowhere else systematically advanced. Full of wit and vitality, this essay provides essential reading for his admirers by covering important aspects of his thought at a crucial period.

Brings all of the essential Le Corbusier articles in the famous L'Esprit Nouveau magazines into one volume

Highly illustrated, mainly with Le Corbusier's own drawings

Essential Le Corbusier brings together in one volume the three main books in the Architectural Press Le Corbusier series: Towards a New Architecture; The Decorative Art of Today and The City of Tomorrow. These classic texts provide architects and students of architecture with the information they need about Le Corbusier and his works in one, complete, highly illustrated volume.

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Brings together three books, plus b&w photos and illustrations, that are based on articles originally appearing in Le Corbusier's magazine, L'Esprit Nouveau. These classic texts provide architects and students with information about Le Corbusier and his works in one complete volume. Titles are Towards a New Architecture, The City of Tomorrow, and The Decorative Art of Today. First published separately by Editions Cres as Vers une Architecture, 1923; Urbanisme, 1924; and L'art decoratif d'aujourd'hui, 1925. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750641388
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/15/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

'Towards a New Architecture': Introduction; Argument; The Engineer's Aesthetic and Architecture; Three reminders to Architects: I Mass II Surface III Plan; Regulating lines; Eyes which do not see: I Liners II Airplanes III Automobiles; Architecture: I The lesson of Rome II The illusion of plans III Pure creation of the mind; Mass- production houses; Architecture or Revolution. 'The City of Tomorrow': Part I General considerations; The pack-donkey's way and the man's way; Order; Sensibility comes into play; Permanence; Classification and choice (a survey); Classification and choice (timely decisions); The great city; Statistics; Newspaper cuttings and catchwords; Our technical equipment; Part II Laboratory work: an inquiry into theory; A contemporary city; The working day; The hours of repose; Part III A concrete case: the centre of Paris; Physic or surgery; The centre of Paris; Finance and realization. 'The Decorative Art of Today': Introduction by James Dunnett; Preface; Argument; Iconology, Iconolaters, Iconoclasts; Other icons: the museums; Plagiarism: folk culture; Consequences of the crisis; A hurricane; Type-needs. Type-furniture; The decorative art of today; The lesson of the machine; Respect for works of art; The hour of architecture; Milestones; The sense of truth; A coat of whitewash; the law of ripolin; Confession.

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