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Le Corbusier brought great passion and intelligence to these essays, which present his ideas in a concise, pithy style, studded with epigrammatic, often provocative, observations: "American engineers overwhelm with their calculations our expiring architecture." "Architecture is stifled by custom. It is the only profession in which progress is not considered necessary." "... a cathedral is not very beautiful ..." and "Rome is the damnation of the half-educated. To send architectural students to Rome is to cripple them for life." Profusely illustrated with over 200 line drawings and photographs of his own works and other structures he considered important, Towards a New Architecture is indispensable reading for architects, city planners, and cultural historians-but will intrigue anyone fascinated by the wide-ranging ideas, unvarnished opinions and innovative theories of one of this century's master builders.
|The Engineer's Aesthetic and Architecture||9|
|Three Reminders to Architects|
|Eyes Which Do Not See|
|I||The Lesson of Rome||149|
|II||The Illusion of Plans||175|
|III||Pure Creation of the Mind||199|
|Architecture of Revolution||267|
Posted July 27, 2000
I had seen some of Corbusier's work and always thought it to be cold and undesirable because of his use of concrete as one of his main building materials. After reading his book, I began to see not only why he used concrete but also began to see his idea of how space should function. Towards A New Architecture explains Corbusier's idea of 'houses as machines for living in.' He gives three examples of modern inventions that are very efficient and inhabitable, ocean liners, airplanes, and cars, and explains how a building should meet the needs of it's inhabitants the way these examples do. Towards A New Architecture helped me appreciate architecture from a new viewpoint.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2009
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