Le Corbusier

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Phaidon Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Architecture - 240 pages
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A penetrating and comprehensive study of Le Corbusier (1887-1965), one of the dominant forces in 20th-century architecture and design. Highly praised as one of the best works of scholarship on Le Corbusier by an eminent and award-winning architectural historian. Drawing from the Le Corbusier archive, author William Curtis documents individual projects in detail while linking them to the architect's philosophy, urban visions and art, and the culture of his time. Proceeds chronologically through Le Corbusier's life, with clear narrative text illustrated by extensive photographs, plans, original sketches and a section of 31 colour plates.

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About the author (1994)

William Curtis was educated at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and Harvard University. Curtis has taught History of Architecture and Theories of Design at universities across England, the United States, Australia and Asia.

He has won worldwide acclaim for his architectural writing. His books include the bestselling Modern Architecture Since 1900- published by Phaidon Press in 1982 - as well as Le Corbusier/English Architecture(1975) and Le Corbusier at Work(1978).

Curtis received the Founder's Award of the Society of Architectural Historians (USA) in 1982. In 1985 he was the recipient of both the critics' award of the Comit Internationale des Critiques d'Architecture and the CICA award for best article of architectural criticism world-wide in the period 1982-5. His monograph Balkrishna Doshi: an Architecture for Indiawon him a silver medal at the world Biennale of Architecture in 1989.

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