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Toward an Architecture : Texts & Documents - Le Corbusier

Toward an Architecture

Texts & Documents

Paperback Published: 15th October 2007
ISBN: 9780892368228
Number Of Pages: 358

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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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-The restoration of missing passages, of Le Corbusier's idiosyncratic use of language, of key terms, of typography, and even of the original title is refreshing and timely.---Artforum -Bursting with passion, wit and aphorisms . . . this seminal polemic is well worth reading (or rereading) for Le Corbusier's incisive analysis of early 20th Century architecture . . . Jean-Louis Cohen's scholarly introduction sheds fresh light on what exactly Le Corbusier was up to when he justaposed pictures of the Parthenon and modern roadsters on the book's lively pages.---Chicago Tribune -If modern architecture has a bible, it is Vers une Architecture.---Dwell -A new translation by John Goodman with an introduction by the architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen will allow architecture buffs to experience Le Corbusier's manifesto in its full glory.---The New York Times "The restoration of missing passages, of Le Corbusier's idiosyncratic use of language, of key terms, of typography, and even of the original title is refreshing and timely."--Artforum "Bursting with passion, wit and aphorisms . . . this seminal polemic is well worth reading (or rereading) for Le Corbusier's incisive analysis of early 20th Century architecture . . . Jean-Louis Cohen's scholarly introduction sheds fresh light on what exactly Le Corbusier was up to when he justaposed pictures of the Parthenon and modern roadsters on the book's lively pages."--Chicago Tribune "If modern architecture has a bible, it is Vers une Architecture."--Dwell "A new translation by John Goodman with an introduction by the architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen will allow architecture buffs to experience Le Corbusier's manifesto in its full glory."--The New York Times Bursting with passion, wit and aphorisms . . . this seminal polemic is well worth reading (or rereading) for Le Corbusier s incisive analysis of early 20th Century architecture . . . Jean-Louis Cohen s scholarly introduction sheds fresh light on what exactly Le Corbusier was up to when he justaposed pictures of the Parthenon and modern roadsters on the book s lively pages. Chicago Tribune

" If modern architecture has a bible, it is Vers une Architecture. Dwell

" Chosen as a Favorite Book of 2007 by the Art and Architecture Critics of The New York Times A new translation by John Goodman with an introduction by the architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen will allow architecture buffs to experience Le Corbusier s manifesto in its full glory. The New York Times

" "The restoration of missing passages, of Le Corbusier s idiosyncratic use of language, of key terms, of typography, and even of the original title is refreshing and timely." "Artforum"" Bursting with passion, wit and aphorisms . . . this seminal polemic is well worth reading (or rereading) for Le Corbusier s incisive analysis of early 20th Century architecture . . . Jean-Louis Cohen s scholarly introduction sheds fresh light on what exactly Le Corbusier was up to when he justaposed pictures of the Parthenon and modern roadsters on the book s lively pages. "Chicago Tribune"" If modern architecture has a bible, it is "Vers une Architecture." "Dwell"" A new translation by John Goodman with an introduction by the architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen will allow architecture buffs to experience Le Corbusier s manifesto in its full glory. "The New York Times"" "Bursting with passion, wit and aphorisms . . . this seminal polemic is well worth reading (or rereading) for Le Corbusier's incisive analysis of early 20th Century architecture . . . Jean-Louis Cohen's scholarly introduction sheds fresh light on what exactly Le Corbusier was up to when he justaposed pictures of the Parthenon and modern roadsters on the book's lively pages."--"Chicago Tribune" "If modern architecture has a bible, it is "Vers une Architecture"."--"Dwell " Chosen as a Favorite Book of 2007 by the Art and Architecture Critics of "The New York Times" "A new translation by John Goodman with an introduction by the architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen will allow architecture buffs to experience Le Corbusier's manifesto in its full glory."--"The New York Times"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
From the Translatorp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Toward an Architecture
Introduction to the Second Editionp. 83
Argumentp. 85
Aesthetic of the Engineer, Architecturep. 91
Three Reminders to Architectsp. 99
Volumep. 99
Surfacep. 107
Planp. 115
Regulating Linesp. 131
Eyes That Do Not See...p. 145
Linersp. 145
Airplanesp. 159
Automobilesp. 177
Architecturep. 193
The Lesson of Romep. 193
The Illusion of the Planp. 213
Pure Creation of the Mindp. 231
Mass-Production Housingp. 253
Architecture or Revolutionp. 291
Editor's and Translator's Notesp. 308
Selected Bibliographyp. 331
Illustration Creditsp. 335
Indexp. 336
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ISBN: 9780892368228
ISBN-10: 0892368225
Series: Texts & Documents
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 15th October 2007
Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.8  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 1.0

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