Le Corbusier

Overview

Le Corbusier is probably the most famous architect of the 20th century. The richness and variety of his work and his passionately expressed philosophy of architecture have had a gigantic impact on the urban fabric and the way we live. Weaving through his long and prolific life are certain recurrent themes -- his perennial drive towards new types of dwelling, from the early white villas to the Unite d'Habitation at Marseilles; his evolving concepts of urban form, including the Plan Voisin of 1925 with its ...
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Overview

Le Corbusier is probably the most famous architect of the 20th century. The richness and variety of his work and his passionately expressed philosophy of architecture have had a gigantic impact on the urban fabric and the way we live. Weaving through his long and prolific life are certain recurrent themes -- his perennial drive towards new types of dwelling, from the early white villas to the Unite d'Habitation at Marseilles; his evolving concepts of urban form, including the Plan Voisin of 1925 with its cruciform towers imposed on the city of Paris and his work at Chandigarh in India; and his belief in a new technocratic order. The distinguished critic and historian Kenneth Frampton re-examines all these facets of his artistic and philosophical world-view in light of recent thinking, and presents us with a Le Corbusier for the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500203415
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 983,264
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
1 The Formative Years 1887-1916 8
2 Towards a New Architecture 1917-1927 20
3 The City of Tomorrow 1910-1933 46
4 Decorative Art Today 1925-1937 58
5 A House, A Palace 1923-1929 70
6 World Architect: Czechoslovakia, Russia, Brazil, North Africa, North America, France and Switzerland 1928-1936 88
7 The Politics of the Unpolitical: Le Corbusier and Saint-Simonian Technocracy 1923-1947 116
8 From Intermediate Technology to Regional Urbanization 1929-1946 130
9 Towards a New Habitat 1922-1960 150
10 The Sacred and the Profane: Le Corbusier and Spiritual Form 1948-1965 167
11 Passage to India 1950-1965 184
12 Le Poeme de l'Angle Droit 200
13 Fin d'un Monde: The Last Works 1939-1965 214
Notes 230
Bibliography 234
Acknowledgments 235
Index 236
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