Le Corbusier by Jean-Louis Cohen Book Summary:
Building the future: The man with a modern mission Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier (1887–1965) is widely acclaimed as the most influential architect of the 20th century. From private villas to mass social housing projects, his radical ideas, designs, and writings presented a whole-scale reinvention not only of individual structures, but of entire concepts of modern living.Le Corbusier's work made distinct developments over the years, from early vernacular houses in Switzerland through dazzling white, purist villas to dynamic syntheses of art and architecture such as the chapel at Ronchamp and the civic buildings in Chandigarh, India. A hallmark throughout was his ability to combine functionalist aspirations with a strong sense of expressionism, as well as a broader and empathetic understanding of urban planning, being a founding member of the Congrès international d'architecture moderne (CIAM), which championed “architecture as a social art.”This book presents some of Le Corbusier's landmark projects to introduce an architect, thinker, and modern pioneer who, even in his unrealised projects, offered discussion and inspiration for generations to come. 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)
Le Corbusier by Nicholas Fox Weber Book Summary:
From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of Balthus and Patron Saints—the first full-scale life of le Corbusier, one of the most influential, admired, and maligned architects of the twentieth century, heralded is a prophet in his lifetime, revered as a god after his death.He was a leader of the modernist movement that sought to create better living conditions and a better society through housing concepts. He predicted the city of the future with its large, white apartment buildings in parklike settings—a move away from the turn-of-the-century industrial city, which he saw as too fussy and suffocating and believed should be torn down, including most of Paris. Irascible and caustic, tender and enthusiastic, more than a mercurial innovator, Le Corbusier was considered to be the very conscience of modern architecture.In this first biography of the man, Nicholas Fox Weber writes about Le Corbusier the precise, mathematical, practical-minded artist whose idealism—vibrant, poetic, imaginative; discipline; and sensualism were reflected in his iconic designs and pioneering theories of architecture and urban planning.Weber writes about Le Corbusier’s training; his coming to live and work in Paris; the ties he formed with Nehru . . . Brassaï . . . Malraux (he championed Le Corbusier’s work and commissioned a major new museum for art to be built on the outskirts of Paris) . . . Einstein . . . Matisse . . . the Steins . . . Picasso . . . Walter Gropius, and others.We see how Le Corbusier, who appreciated goverments only for the possibility of obtaining architectural commissions, was drawn to the new Soviet Union and extolled the merits of communism (he never joined the party); and in 1928, as the possible architect of a major new building, went to Moscow, where he was hailed by Trotsky and was received at the Kremlin. Le Corbusier praised the ideas of Mussolini and worked for two years under the Vichy government, hoping to oversee new construction and urbanism throughout France. Le Corbusier believed that Hitler and Vichy rule would bring about “a marvelous transformation of society,” then renounced the doomed regime and went to work for Charles de Gaulle and his provisional government.Weber writes about Le Corbusier’s fraught relationships with women (he remained celibate until the age of twenty-four and then often went to prostitutes); about his twenty-seven-year-long marriage to a woman who had no interest in architecture and forbade it being discussed at the dinner table; about his numerous love affairs during his marriage, including his shipboard romance with the twenty-three-year-old Josephine Baker, already a legend in Paris, whom he saw as a “pure and guileless soul.” She saw him as “irresistibly funny.” “What a shame you’re an architect!” she wrote. “You’d have made such a good partner!”A brilliant revelation of this single-minded, elusive genius, of his extraordinary achivements and the age in which he lived.From the Hardcover edition.
Le Corbusier: Ideas & Forms by William J R Curtis Book Summary:
An 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
Cosmos of Light: The Sacred Architecture of Le Corbusier by Henry Plummer Book Summary:
One of the great visionaries and pioneers of modern architecture, Le Corbusier was a master of light, declaring it both a fundamental basis of architecture and the key to personal well-being. In this portfolio of 160 photographs taken over 40 years, Henry Plummer captures Le Corbusier’s inspired use of natural light in three of his greatest achievements: the small pilgrimage chapel at Ronchamp, the Dominican monastery of Sainte Marie de La Tourette, and the parish church of Saint-Pierre in Firminy-Vert, all in France. In these modest religious works Le Corbusier deploys light to create enchanted, emotionally charged spaces wedded to the cosmic rhythm of sunlight and season. Cosmos of Light reveals how the artist reimagined sacred space and charted new ways that buildings can both reveal and inhabit the universe around them.
Vers une architecture du livre: Le Corbusier: édition et mise en pages 1912-1965 (French Edition) by Catherine de Smet Book Summary:
Si les édifices de Le Corbusier sont des emblèmes établis de l’architecture du XXe siècle, sa production éditoriale n’est guère connue et n’a jusqu’alors pas été appréciée à sa juste valeur. En effet, entre 1912 et 1965, Le Corbusier a minutieusement imaginé et conçu plus de quarante livres. Dans le présent ouvrage, l’auteur de la monographie Le Corbusier, architecte du livre Catherine de Smet approfondit la question et analyse dans le détail l’œuvre éditoriale de l’architecte. Avec des documents d’archives inédits à l’appui, la spécialiste de Le Corbusier reconstitue le processus de création de ces œuvres et invite à découvrir l’architecte du livre qui se cache derrière le grand maître bâtisseur. Cet ouvrage dévoile une facette nouvelle et peu connue de Le Corbusier et constitue une précieuse source d’inspiration pour toutes les personnes intéressées par le graphisme éditorial. Du matériel iconographique nouveau et des analyses détaillées font de cet ouvrage le complément indispensable du précédent titre de Catherine de Smet Le Corbusier, architecte du livre.
Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier by Robert Fishman Book Summary:
As Robert Fishman writes of three of urban planning's greatest visionaries, EbenezerHoward, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, they 'hated the cities of their time with anoverwhelming passion. The metropolis was the counter-image of their ideal cities, the hell thatinspired their heavens.'