Voyage d'Orient: carnets

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Electa Architecture, Jun 24, 2002 - Architecture - 1116 pages
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Le Corbusier, the brilliant architect of the 20th century, always carriedlong a sketchbook, a kind of diary in which, observing the "grand tour"radition and the "fads" of famous 19th-century travellers, he amassedbservations, calculations, drawings of works and designs, and carefullyotted down his meetings, experiences and reflections.;The notebooks forminghe "Voyages d'Orient" published in partnership with the Fondation Leorbusier were archived under this name by the architect himself and onlyediscovered in 1994. They follow the architect's 1911 travels to the Balkans,stanbul, Prague, Bucharest, Greece, all the way to Italy, Brindisi, Naplesnd Rome, until they mysteriously break off in Florence. "Orient" here is theroad term that refers to the first classicism, and for Le Corbusier,pproaching antiquity meant coming into contact with the clearly definedorms of Greek temples, of Islamic Istanbul, of the Roman city, seeking theoint where modernism and classicism meet. The edition features a detailedranscription of the master's autograph texts. The introductory notes, by

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