Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier

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Le Corbusier is probably the most famous architect of the 20th century. The richness and variety of his work and his passionately expressed philosophy of architecture have had a gigantic impact 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 with its cruciform towers imposed on the city of Paris and his work at Chandigarh in India; and his belief in a new technocratic order.

The distinguished critic and historian Kenneth Frampton re-examines all the facets of his artistic and philosophical world-view in light of recent thinking, and presents us with a Le Corbusier for the 21st century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 150 x 210 x 12.95mm | 484g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 191 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0500203415
  • 9780500203415
  • 61,282

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
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'Scholarly and delightful ... exquisitely crafted text is a masterpiece in itself ... should be essential reading for all present and future architectural students ... read, absorb, enjoy!' - ASI Journal 'Frampton has been able to make sense of Le Corbusier's life in a way that has eluded some other authors' - The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Exemplary' - Time Out
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About Kenneth Frampton

Professor Kenneth Frampton is a distinguished architectural historian and the author of many books, including Renzo Piano: The Complete Logbook and Le Corbusier, both published by Thames & Hudson. He is Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.
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