Le Corbusier (World of Art) (Paperback)

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Le Corbusier (World of Art) (Paperback)

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A revised and updated edition of a bestselling introduction to Le Corbusier, one of the leading architects of the twentieth century.


Le Corbusier is one of the most famous architects of the twentieth century. The richness and variety of his work combined with his passionately expressed philosophy of architecture have had an immense impact on the urban fabric and the way we live. Weaving through his long and prolific life are certain recurrent themes—his perennial drive toward new types of dwelling, such as the early white villas to the Unité d'Habitation at Marseilles; his evolving concepts of urban form, including the Plan Voisin of 1925 with its cruciform towers imposed on the city of Paris and his work at Chandigarh in India; and his belief in a new technocratic order.


The distinguished critic and architecture historian Kenneth Frampton reexamines all facets of the architect’s artistic and philosophical worldview in light of recent thinking and presents us with a Le Corbusier whose work is still relevant for the twenty-first century. This second edition of Le Corbusier features a new introduction and color illustrations.



Kenneth Frampton was born in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. From 1972 to 2019 he served as Ware professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2018, he was awarded the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. His publications include Studies in Tectonic Culture: the Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century ArchitectureLabour, Work and Architecture: Collected Essays on Architecture and DesignAmerican Masterworks: The Twentieth-Century HouseKengo Kuma: Complete WorksA Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Comparative Critical Analysis of Built FormModern Architecture: A Critical History; and Le Corbusier.
Product Details ISBN: 9780500204887
ISBN-10: 0500204888
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: July 16th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: World of Art
Essential reading for all present and future architectural students . . . read, absorb, enjoy!
— Applied System Innovation

Frampton has been able to make sense of Le Corbusier’s life in a way that has eluded some other authors.
— Times Higher Education Supplement

Exemplary.
— Time Out