Le Corbusier, 1887-1965: The Lyricism of Architecture in the Machine Age

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Taschen, 2004 - Architecture - 96 pages
Architectural poetry in the machine age "Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of volumes brought together in light."
- Le Corbusier

Born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier (1887-1965) adopted his famous pseudonym after publishing his ideas in the review L`Esprit Nouveau in 1920. The few buildings he was able to design during the 1920s, when he also spent much of his time painting and writing, brought him to the forefront of modern architecture, though it wasn`t until after World War II that his epoch-making buildings were constructed, such as the Unit d`Habitation in Marseilles and the Church of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp. About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Architecture Series features:
  • an introduction to the life and work of the architect
  • the major works in chronological order
  • information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
  • a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
  • approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)

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User Review  - encephalical - www.librarything.com

Decent coverage of Le Corbusier's oeuvre, but some of the photography is more frustrating than not. E.g., the interiors of the Villa Savoye seem to have been selected specifically to bewilder, a Google image search turns up more enlightening shots. Read full review

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Beautful, timeless buildings. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

In 1997, the French Minister of Culture appointed Jean-Louis Cohen to create the Cite de l'architecture--a museum, research, and exhibition center in Paris's Palais de Chaillot. Cohen's research has focused principally on 20th-century architecture and urban planning, and his studies on German and Soviet architectural cultures. The author and curator of numerous books and exhibitions on architecture, he is an internationally acknowledged authority on Le Corbusier's work.

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