Towards a new architecture

Corbusier, Le, 2007, Towards a new architecture, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

  • Author : Corbusier, Le
  • Year : 2007
  • Publisher : Getty Research Institute
  • Publisher's Location : Los Angeles
  • ISBN : 9780486250236
  • Pages : 289
  • Abstract : Entered by Arie Koster from: Vers une architecture, translated into English as Toward an Architecture and commonly known as Towards a New Architecture is collection of essays primarily by Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeannaret), advocating for and exploring the concept of modern architecture. The book has had an undeniable lasting effect on the architectural profession, serving as the manifesto for a generation of architects, a subject of hatred for others, and unquestionably a critical piece of architectural theory. Academic Reyner Banham deemed it, "The only piece of architectural writing that will be classed among the essential literature of the 20th century
  • Comments : From the publisheer: 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. For more details see
  • Outline : 1 Contents 1.1 Aesthetic of the Engineer, Architecture 1.2 Three Reminders to Architects 1.2.1 Volume 1.2.2 Surface 1.2.3 Plan 1.3 Regulating Lines 1.4 Eyes That Do Not See 1.4.1 Liners 1.4.2 Airplanes 1.4.3 Automobiles 1.5 Architecture 1.5.1 The Lesson of Rome 1.5.2 The Illusion of the Plan 1.5.3 Pure Creation of the Mind 1.6 Mass-Production Housing 1.7 Architecture or Revolution