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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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

Contents

Fallet House
7
Villa JeanneretPerret
9
2O Villa Schwob
21
Villa La RocheJeanneret
23
Villa Le Lac
26
Modern Frugès Quarter
28
3o LEsprit nouveau Pavilion
31
Weissenhofsiedlung
35
Le Cabanon
63
Church of NotreDameduHaut
65
Jaoul Houses
69
Shodhan House
73
High Court
75
Secretariate
76
Assembly 8o La Tourette
79
Philips Pavilion
85

Villa Steinde Monzie
39
Villa Savoye
43
Centrosoyus Building
49
5o Cité de refuge
51
Residential Building at Porte Molitor
53
Unité dhabitation
57
National Museum of Western
87
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
88
9o Life and Work
91
Map ofthe World
94
BibliographyPhoto Credits
96
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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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