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Le Corbusier: Architect and Visionary

Le Corbusier: Architect and Visionary

Paperback World of Art

By (author) Kenneth Frampton

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 213mm x 20mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500203415
  • ISBN 13: 9780500203415
  • Illustrations note: 191 illustrations
  • Sales rank: 116,555

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Le Corbusier's ideas and works constitute the greatest single influence in the development of architecture in the 20th century. His passionately expressed philosophy has had an enormous effect 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; and his belief in a new technocratic order. Frampton draws on the latest research to set Le Corbusier's work against the background of his complex personality. The treatment is largely chronological, revealing the architect's development and his world-wide legacy. It discusses the full range of his achievement, from realized buildings and the new Indian city of Chandigarh, to the messianic modernist publications in which he espoused his fervent belief in architecture as an agent of progress.

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Kenneth Frampton is an outstanding critic and historian of modern architecture. He is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, New York. His many publications include Modern Architecture: A Critical History, now in its third revised edition in the World of Art and published in foreign editions worldwide.

Table of contents

Introduction 1 The Formative Years 1887-1916 2 Towards a New Architecture 1917-1927 3 The City of Tomorrow 1910-1933 4 Decorative Art Today 1925-1937 5 A House, A Palace 1923-1929 6 World Architect: Czechoslovakia, Russia, Brazil, North Africa, North America, France and Switzerland 1928-1936 7 The Politics of the Unpolitical: Le Corbusier and Saint-Simonian Technocracy 1923-1947 8 From Intermediate Technology to Regional Urbanization 1929-1946 9 Towards a New Habitat 1922-1960 10 The Sacred and the Profane: Le Corbusier and Spiritual Form 1948-1965 11 Passage to India 1950-1965 12 Le Poeme de l'Angle Droit 13 Fin d'un Monde: The Last Works 1939-65 Notes, Bibliography, Acknowledgments for Illustrations, Index