Taschen Le Corbusier
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Building the future: The man with a modern mission
Even in his unrealised projects, the architect Le Corbusier redefined modern living, synthesising expressionism, functionalism, and expansive urban thinking from early vernacular houses in Switzerland to civic buildings in India. This book provides an introduction to his trailblazing ideas, writings, and buildings, which continue to resonate and influence until today.
Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier (1887–1965) is acclaimed as the most influential architect of the 20th century. From private villas to mass social housing projects, his ideas, designs, and writings presented a whole-scale reinvention not only of individual structures, but of entire concepts of modern living.
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. He was 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 unrealized projects, offered discussion and inspiration for generations to come.
- Hardcover, 21 x 26 cm, 96 pages.
- ISBN: 9783836560351.
- Edition: English.
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