Toward an Architecture

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  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Trust Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 341 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 251mm x 30mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles, CA
  • ISBN 10: 0892368225
  • ISBN 13: 9780892368228
  • Sales rank: 251,979

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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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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."

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Chosen as a Favorite Book of 2007 by the Art and Architecture Critics of "The New York Times"