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Le Corbusier (1887–1965)

Author of Towards a New Architecture

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About the Author

Le Corbusier is considered by many to be the leading architect of modern architecture. Born of Swiss parentage near Geneva, but a lifelong Parisian by choice, he started his practice in 1922. In 1923 he published his startling manifesto of what he called "the aesthetics of modern life," Vers une show more architecture (Towards a New Architecture). Le Corbusier worked first at simplifying and liberating house design through the revolutionary use of new materials---particularly, reinforced concrete---and new technical ideas for mass production, which he applied in the so-called Dom-Ino and the Citrohan House. In his widely influential book La Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) (1935), he laid down his urban planning ideas:a city of high-rise buildings set among trees and grass. His designs for large building groups proved to be as influential as his domestic designs had been. These include the famous housing project in Marseilles (the Unite d'Habitation), his League of Nations project in Geneva (unexecuted), and, toward the end of his life, the startling designs for the capital city of Punjab, Chandigarh. He also participated---controversially---in the designs for the U.N. headquarters in New York. In his last years, Le Corbusier turned away from the geometry and pure logic of his first designs and adopted sculptural and dramatic forms, as in Chandigarh. The almost mystical complexities of Le Corbusier's Pilgrim Church of Ronchamps in the French Jura opened another chapter in the history of twentieth-century architecture. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Le Corbusier

Towards a New Architecture (1923) 1,059 copies
Le Modulor and Modulor 2 (1980) 104 copies
Journey to the East (1987) 93 copies
The Athens Charter: 2 (1942) 65 copies
Looking at city planning (1945) 51 copies
Précisions (1978) 49 copies
The Decorative Art of Today (1980) 45 copies
A Little House (1954) 42 copies
Modulor 2 (1955) 41 copies
Ronchamp (1957) 34 copies
Aircraft (1987) 29 copies
Le Corbusier (1987) 20 copies
Le Corbusier (1937) 19 copies
The Home of Man (1976) 18 copies
Le poème de l'angle droit (1989) 15 copies
Gaudi (1967) 15 copies
My work (1960) 13 copies
New World of Space (1948) 12 copies
Concerning Town Planning (1948) 11 copies
The Four Routes (1947) 10 copies
UN headquarters (1947) 9 copies
Le Livre de Ronchamp (1961) 6 copies
Urbanistica (2011) 5 copies
Le Corbusier, 1910-60 (1960) 5 copies
Le Corbusier 5 copies
Scritti (2003) 5 copies
Atina AnlasmasI; (2017) 4 copies
Poésie sur Alger (1950) 4 copies
Mise au point (1966) 4 copies
Städtebau (2015) 4 copies
Le Corbusier Album (1997) 3 copies
Planejamento Urbano (2017) 3 copies
Architektūros link (2019) 2 copies
Carnets 2 copies
Le Corbusier 2 copies
Por Las Cuatro Rutas (1972) 2 copies
Le Corbusier dessins (1968) 2 copies
Le Corbusier (1955) 1 copy
Une maison, un palais (2011) 1 copy
L'urbanistica (2017) 1 copy
Entretien (1943) 1 copy
Le Cabanon 1 copy

Associated Works

Architectural Theory: From the Renaissance to the Present (2003) — Contributor — 283 copies
Modern artists on art; ten unabridged essays (1964) — Contributor — 176 copies
Le Corbusier 1910-65 (1967) — Autor — 64 copies
New York (1980) — Contributor — 60 copies


Common Knowledge



Le Corbusier was not content designing houses; he wanted to rebuild cities. Many critics, even to this day, blame him single handedly for the urban renewal projects executed decades after he first published this classic treatise on the contemporary city. Necessary reading, if anything for recognizing how later architects and bureaucrats misinterpreted many of his ideas.
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archidose | 2 other reviews | Feb 17, 2022 |
Le Corbusier's first book (a compilation of essays from his magazine L'Esprit Nouveau) lays out many of the ideas that have persevered both in terms of his oeuvre and modernism as a whole, particularly the inspiration found in industrial buildings (grain elevators) and machines (cars, airplanes, ships). The book is required reading in most early-level architecture classes, so most architects have read it and are familiar with his "unvarnished opinions and innovative theories."

From my blog post on Le Corbusier: https://archidose.blogspot.com/2013/06/so-you-want-to-learn-about-le-corbusier.h...… (more)
archidose | 4 other reviews | Feb 17, 2022 |
Text in French. Revised and updated edition with the new introduction added by Le Corbusier in 1960.Glassine pictorial dust jacket
petervanbeveren | Dec 30, 2021 |


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