The City of To-morrow and Its Planning

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Courier Dover Publications, 1987 - Architecture - 301 pages
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In this 1929 classic, the great architect Le Corbusier turned from the design of houses to the planning of cities, surveying urban problems and venturing bold new solutions. The book shocked and thrilled a world already deep in the throes of the modern age.

Today it is revered as a work that, quite literally, helped shape our world. Le Corbusier articulates concepts and ideas he would put to work in his city planning schemes for Algiers, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Geneva, Stockholm and Antwerp, as well as schemes for a variety of structures from a museum in Tokyo to the United Nations buildings. The influence it exerted on a new generation of architects is now legendary.

  

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User Review  - Elena - Goodreads

LC was craaazy, but I like it (although to actually live in his city would be a terrifying thing). Read in a rush for class. Will pore over more carefully later. (Wishful thinking.) Read full review

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User Review  - Saiid Abdul Baqi - Goodreads

One of the first and still the greatest books about urban planning, Le Corbusier outdoes all of his companions in his deep conception of a modern city. This book is a great reference for all architects and planners. Read full review

Contents

THE PACKDONKEYS WAY AND MANS WAY
5
SENSIBILITY COMES INTO PLAY
29
PERMANENCE
43
CLASSIFICATION AND CHOICE A SURVEY
57
CLASSIFICATION AND CHOICE TIMELY DECISIONS
69
THE GREAT CITY
84
STATISTICS
107
NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS AND CATCHWORDS
129
LABORATORY WORK AN INQUIRY INTO THEORY
159
A CONTEMPORARY CITY
163
THE WORKING DAY
181
THE HOURS OF REPOSE
197
A CONCRETE CASE THE CENTRE OF PARIS
249
PHYSIC OR SURGERY
253
THE CENTRE OF PARIS 277
254
FINANCE AND REALIZATION
293

OUR TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT
141

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Page xix - It is also the material hasis on which we build those symhols which represent to us perfection and the divine. It brings with it the noble joys of mathematics. Machinery is the result of geometry. The age in which we live is therefore essentially a geometrical one ; all its ideas are orientated in the direction of geometry.

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About the author (1987)

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 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.

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