Le Corbusier is widely acknowledged as the most influential architect of the twentieth century. As extensively researched and documented as his works are, however, they have never been exhaustively surveyed in photographs until now. Photographer Richard Pare has crossed the globe for years to document the extant works of Le Corbusier--from his first villas in Switzerland to his mid-career works in his role as the first global architect in locations as far-flung as Argentina and Russia, and his late works, including his sole North American project, at Harvard University, and an extensive civic plan for Chandigarh, India.
Le Corbusier: The Built Work provides numerous views of each project to bring a fuller understanding of the architect's command of space, sometimes surprising use of materials and color, and the almost ineffable qualities that only result from a commanding synthesis of all aspects of design. With an authoritative text by scholar and curator Jean-Louis Cohen, Le Corbusier: The Built Work is a groundbreaking opportunity to appreciate the master's work anew.
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Attempting to take Le Corbusier’s entire work into account in a single publication is not without precedent. As early as the 1920s, he himself was already committed to publicizing his projects and buildings in a serial and systematic fashion. The first of such publications were the seven collections of plates published between 1927 and 1933 under the aegis of L’Architecture vivante and Jean Badovici’s editorship. These publications were subsequently followed up by the concept of an Œuvre complète, initially suggested by Christian Zervos, the founder of the review Cahiers d’Art, and undertaken by the young architects Willy Boesiger and Oscar Stonorov, released in 1930. The publication of Œuvre complète was set in motion by the Zurich publisher Hans Girsberger, and eight volumes covered his works from 1910 to 1968. Long after Le Corbusier’s death in 1965, the drawings held by the Fondation Le Corbusier, which had been established during his lifetime, would be addressed in a systematic manner in thirty-two volumes published by Garland in New York. With the digital revolution, another comparable enterprise was completed at the beginning of the twenty-first century in the form of sixteen DVDs that included high-resolution color reproductions of the same documents, accompanied by historical captions that were, for the most part, extremely rigorous.
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