Le corbusier ideas and forms
Le Corbusier: Ideas & Forms by William J R CurtisAn expanded edition on the master of Modernism, Le Corbusier, by award‐winning architectural historian William J. R. Curtis.
Originally published in 1996 to critical fanfair, scholar William J.R. Curtis has re‐issued his classic text with extensive new scholarship and contemporary research that continues the high standard of the original. Presented chronologically with a clear narrative, Curtis has worked tirelessly not only to document Le Corbusier’s key projects in detail but to contextualize them within the architect’s overarching philosophy of urbanism and art and the pervading culture of Le Corbusier’s time. With full access to the renowned Le Corbusier archive, Curtis’ text is lavishly illustrated with new photographs, plans and original sketches and a fresh new design.
Praise for the first edition:
This is not only the best single work on Le Corbusier – a model of scholarship, erudite yet eminently readable – it is also an invaluable analysis of the creative architectural process. It should be read and re‐read by every student of architecture. – Building Design
William J. R. Curtis is the best architectural historian writing in the English language. – Chicago Tribune
Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms
It is impossible to understand the architecture of the 20th century and of our epoch without approaching first to Le Corbusier We can find his buildings in places as remote as Paris, La Plata or the Panyab and his influence it has been left to feel all over the world along several generations. The book conceived as a synthesis of the diverse activities of Le Corbusier, but with the architecture as principal axis, presents a rewatching and accessible chronicle of his extraordinary architectural production — so much constructed like irrealizada-, at the time that it reveals some more generic features of his creative universe. Published coinciding with fifty anniversary of the death of Le Corbusier, the book has been rigorously checked, re-designed and extended to the double of his original volume, reaffirming, nevertheless, the intention of the original edition published in All the already existing chapters have extended or modified by the incorporation of new studies that allow a more exhaustive analysis of the buildings. This fundamental work is illustrated profusely by historical and contemporary photographies. Flat Foundation Le Corbusier has been obtained of renowned, pictures and original sketches to illustrate the process of invention and transformation of the architect.
Editions: Hardback English. It is impossible to understand the architecture of the twentieth century and of our own time without first coming to terms with Le Corbusier — His buildings can be found from Paris to La Plata to the Punjab and his influence has extended over several generations worldwide. As well as an architect, Le Corbusier was also a painter, sculptor, urbanist and author; even a philosopher who ruminated upon the human condition in the modern era. He reordered the ground rules of the architectural discipline and invested his insights with a universal tone.
The context within which the book will be received is of course very different compared to that of ; in the following text, the author explains how Le Corbusier's legacy has changed in the intervening years, but also why the book is needed just as much now as it was back then. When the first edition of this book was written Le Corbusier had been dead only twenty years. His reputation was in temporary eclipse. Demonized by post-modernist foes and over-simplified by neo- modernist friends, he risked becoming a caricature. At the time it was necessary to rescue him from transient perceptions and to place him in a longer and broader historical perspective. His architecture was placed in the context of his larger social and cultural projects and related to his general conceptions of society, history and nature. As he slips further into history, his modernity matters less and less: it is the timeless levels in his art which have most to give to the future.
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