Toward an Architecture

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Getty Publications, 2007 - Architecture - 341 pages
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Published in 1923, Toward an Architecture had an immediate impact on architects throughout Europe and remains a foundational text for students and professionals. Le Corbusier urges readers to cease thinking of architecture as a matter of historical styles and instead open their eyes to the modern world. Simultaneously a historian, critic, and prophet, he provocatively juxtaposes views of classical Greece and Renaissance Rome with images of airplanes, cars, and ocean liners. Le Corbusier s slogans such as the house is a machine for living in and philosophy changed how his contemporaries saw the relationship between architecture, technology, and history. This edition includes a new translation of the original text, a scholarly introduction, and background notes that illuminate the text and illustrations."
 

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Contents

Introduction JeanLouis Cohen
1
Toward an Architecture
26
Introduction to the Second Edition
83
Argument
85
Aesthetic of the Engineer Architecture
91
Three Reminders to Architects 99 Volume
99
Surface
107
Plan
115
Automobiles
177
Architecture 193 The Lesson of Rome
193
The Illusion of the Plan
213
Pure Creation of the Mind
231
MassProduction Housing
253
Architecture or Revolution
291
Editors and Translators Notes
308
Selected Bibliography
331

Regulating Lines
131
Eyes That Do Not See 145 Liners
145
Airplanes
159
Illustration Credits
335
Index
336
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About the author (2007)

Jean-Louis Cohen is the Sheldon H. Solow Chair in the History of Architecture at New York University s Institute of Fine Arts. He has written extensively on Le Corbusier s work. John Goodman is a translator and art historian. He has rendered some thirty books from French into English.

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