Toward an Architecture


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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 341 pages
  • 182.88 x 251.46 x 35.56mm | 1,156.65g
  • J. Paul Getty Trust Publications
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0892368993
  • 9780892368990
  • 1,200,572

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If modern architecture has a bible, it is "Vers une Architecture." "Dwell""

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About Le Corbusier

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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