Toward an Architecture

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Overview


Published in 1923, Toward an Architecture had an immediate impact on architects throughout Europe and remains a foundational text for students and professionals. Le Corbusier urges readers to cease thinking of architecture as a matter of historical styles and instead open their eyes to the modern world. Simultaneously a historian, critic, and prophet, he provocatively juxtaposes views of classical Greece and Renaissance Rome with images of airplanes, cars, and ocean liners. Le Corbusier's slogans--such as "the house is a machine for living in"--and philosophy changed how his contemporaries saw the relationship between architecture, technology, and history. This edition includes a new translation of the original text, a scholarly introduction, and background notes that illuminate the text and illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892368990
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Texts and Documents Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 819,024
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Louis Cohen is the Sheldon H. Solow Chair in the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. He has written extensively on Le Corbusier's work.
John Goodman is a translator and art historian. He has rendered some thirty books from French into English, notably works by Denis Diderot, Hubert Damisch, and Georges Didi-Huberman.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
From the Translator     xi
Introduction   Jean-Louis Cohen     1
Toward an Architecture
Introduction to the Second Edition     83
Argument     85
Aesthetic of the Engineer, Architecture     91
Three Reminders to Architects     99
Volume     99
Surface     107
Plan     115
Regulating Lines     131
Eyes That Do Not See...     145
Liners     145
Airplanes     159
Automobiles     177
Architecture     193
The Lesson of Rome     193
The Illusion of the Plan     213
Pure Creation of the Mind     231
Mass-Production Housing     253
Architecture or Revolution     291
Editor's and Translator's Notes     308
Selected Bibliography     331
Illustration Credits     335
Index     336
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