• Title: Toward an Architecture
  • Author: A01 Le Corbusier A01 Le Corbusier Jean L. Cohen John Goodman
  • ISBN: 9780892368228
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • Toward an Architecture Published in 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 thi
    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 juxtPublished 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.

    One Reply to “Toward an Architecture”

    1. When I was in architecture school in England, Corb, as we called him, was the master (and Alvar Aalto the disciple). He stated the case for modern architecture so convincingly that it seemed the only possible altenative. In his hands, it was beautiful and practical, and also economical. He had a zen spareness about his work, and a sculptural gift. His drawings and his furniture are exciting, without being gaudy. Quite the opposite. He exemplified Less is More. And he taught me, and a generation [...]

    2. I don't like the way Le Corbusier writes, but this book is epic. As a student of architecture I learned a lot from this book, mostly about the five principles of Modern Architecture. It isn't a boring book, but you have to be careful to interpretate some things he writes. It is definetly a must-read.

    3. OK, this is a loaded review: this book and its author are my betes noir (excuse my nonexistent/incorrect Frenche least revenge I can have) - facile and mystifyingly still persuasive to generation after generation of architecture students and True Believers, despite the empirical evidence of the damage it wrought and the dubious actual quality of the man's work (this review being by someone who worked, practically lived, in the Carpenter Center for four yearsd that building, unlike any other by C [...]

    4. a bit esoteric and socialist for my taste, but i spose i can still appreciate what Corbu is about. in a very broad sense, this manifesto is his urge to keep the pace of architecture at the pace of the rest of society's advancements. he points out the simple efficiency of things like grain silos, and how we strive to make our airplanes and automobiles as functional and streamlined as possible, but our houses haven't changed. where we differ begins with this statement:"The house is a machine for l [...]

    5. Much of what Le Corbusier advocates for in this book is terrific, though I wonder if he actually believed his own words. In practice, he fits the mold of a conventional engineer, while the prose of this work is written with lofty, creative, artistic sentiments. Le Corbusier's philosophy was largely detrimental, not beneficial, for society. His super blocks created isolated ghettos, his planning utopias ultimately influenced urban renewal horrors. Ironically, his actions were at odds with his wor [...]

    6. I'm not a student of architecture by any means, but Corbu is a visionary. Perhaps this is why his ideas about architecture and society may seem either funny/crazy or scarily authoritarian to us today. Writing during the 20's he couldn't have known about Hitler or Stalin and the danger of trying to create a literal utopia. He accurately reflects the more optimistic sensibilities of the time. A recommendation: Read this one and then Jane Jacobs "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" for a g [...]

    7. I read this book for a class assignment, I was looking forward to it because Le Corbusier is the biggest influence of the modern era of architecture, his principles are still up to date and architects all around the world still learn and apply his theories today (though I am not sure they should). I found interesting to learn his reasonings for sustaning his Principles of Architecture,and for a thorough understanding I recommend also reading: The Athens Charter where his influence is noticeable [...]

    8. I really loved this book. Lecorbusier, one of the founding fathers of the modernist movement, puts forward his arguments for society's embracing the 'mass production spirit'. It's common knowledge that it hasn't really worked out as he expected it to but so much of what he has written has contributed to architecture. This book is full of innovative designs which unfortunately inspired poor implementations (high-rise poor areas all over the place). however, that says more against society's treatm [...]

    9. "You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work.But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: "This is beautiful." That is Architecture. Art enters in."

    10. I hate his eyesore buildings that I've been forced to look at in numerous areas of the planet, and I really, really hate his ideas.

    11. "Rome is the damnation of the half-educated. To send architectural students to Rome is to cripple them for life."For whatever the GR star system is worth, I've never awarded such a low score for a writer I had so much respect for. Le Corbusier has such a powerful vision in 'Towards a New Architecture.; When we take into consideration the traditional currents he was swimming against, it's even more impressive an achievement. The writing is pretty airy, allowing thoughts to navigate freely around [...]

    12. To Le Corbusier, the essence of architecture, really, is a rhythm of lines aimed at capturing the complex language of mass, surface and plan. If all these elements gel well together, the buildings will turn out to be a masterpiece, incorporating the different shades of light perfectly. Meanwhile, he also argued that the objective of architecture is to create happiness for its inhabitants while striving to remain relevant to its building function. This proves that Le Corbusier is not just a mere [...]

    13. This book is a mandatory read if you're interested in the history of architecture. Corbusier's writing can be dense, and he tends to wax poetically, but the ideas contained within are fundamental to modernism. Certainly, some of his ideas are daaaaaated and would no longer hold up in modern planning discourse, but it's an interesting look into the optimism of mid century modernists (I mean, a whole city built on piloti!?).

    14. Kniha, která byla na mě příliš náročná (spíš jde o filozofickou knihu) a podle mě ji ocením až později, kdy budu architektuře lépe rozumnět a chápat ji. Není divu, že ji milují studenti architektury, kteří tím vlastně žijí a někteří i podobným jazykem dokonce i mluví. Já se k tomu nejdříve budu muset dopracovat.

    15. Modernist architecture's flagship text; btw, when you become the boss, you would be able to write in such a discursive, fractured and repetitive style without being penalized by painful grad students and perhaps some common readers that tried to grasp your idea.

    16. Le Corbusier was a revolutionary architect, but not enough emphasis is placed on the harm his rhetoric has caused and continues to cause the profession of architecture and our cities. Perhaps he ended up doing more harm than good.

    17. ”Nämä kaksi vaatimatonta, kaarevaa linjaa sulautuvat toisiinsa hengellisen mekaniikan täydellisessä rattaistossa ja synnyttävät arkkitehtuurin puhdasta ja yksinkertaista kauneutta.” Le CorbusierLisää kirjoitin blogiini:kosminenk.wordpress/2017/

    18. What amazes me most about this book is how obviously architecture as an intellectual pursuit internalized every point made while architecture as a social pursuit learned absolutely nothing.

    19. 还记得的就是建筑五要素视而不见的美标准化成批生产住宅体块和表面,简单几何图形的美雅典卫城

    20. Esoteric book filled with modern ideas and a frustration that architecture has not been able to keep up with the pace of technological advancement. This book highlights Le Corbusier ideas and aspirations he wants for architecture. He does so in a very mystifying, metaphoric, and illustrative way by a display of many photographs and hand sketches.This is a must for architecture students because it's a showcase of revolutionary ideas that started forming during his time, which was very advance for [...]

    21. I was kinda surprised when I started reading this book. I always thought that LeCorb was some kind of communist. Design for Brasilia for example was based on the idea that the architecture of the city could create a truly equal society. In this text LeCorb talks about the modern age of capitalist consummerism and the new kind of life that this revolution in industry has created. LeCorb suggests that we should not merely rehash 'styles' of other era when they do not relate to the way we live now. [...]

    22. This translation of Towards a New Architecture, originally written in 1923, is prophetic in many ways. Le Corbusier writes of the “machine age” much like someone now might write of the “information age”. But he is somewhat poetic, repetitive and I would not be surprised if Tom Peters (ex-Harvard innovation guru) adopted something of Le Corbusier's style. While many of the architect's ideas were controversial, and may not have functioned as desired, he foresaw many of the things that are [...]

    23. Le Corbusier is a Swiss-born French architect, artist, and writer who had a profound impact on architecture as a field of practice and a sphere of intellectual discourse. This is one of his first and perhaps most influential books. The book is akin to a photo essay where he articulates his his fascination with the modern world. His contributions to the field of architecture and city design have been far reaching. He was a cofounder of the CIAM group (French acronym for the International Congress [...]

    24. Whew, in hindsight, thank heavens Paris didn't listen to Le Corbusier and tear down huge sections of the city and put up "Towers" of reinforced concrete to create mass produced houses for the people as he had planned. And other ideas like, flat roofs, with kitchens and gardens on top of the house just didn't work. However, his sage advice in 1920s like "demand a vacuum cleaner" and "demand walls of light and really large living rooms" do still work (at least in some climates). He liked the clean [...]

    25. Corb in his most exuberant mood of appropriation. Also at his most assholish if you really read it right. There is a LANGUAGE of avant-gardism but this is total capitalist reformism at it's most enthusiastic. Don't get caught up in the use of "revolution" followed by "!" because he is advocating for it's avoidance: House the workers to up their productivity & keep them pacified for they are the mechanical operators of the machines. Not so revolutionary or great a premise, really. It's a HIST [...]

    26. In this book, the renowned architect Le Corbusier entails his view and philosophy regarding the state of Architecture for his time. This book gave me a better understanding of the Industrial powertrain that was the roaring 20's. I think it is a must read for architecture students. Le corbusiers' writing style is gaudy (not gaudi), and romantic just like his fucking life. Although there were several formatting errors, which I doubt were made by Corbusier himself, the book pulled together with a g [...]

    27. It gets 3 stars but not for the validity of its content. Corbusier helped shape urban planning in a most disasterous way - abandoned in the West by the mid-70s (except France) and in the East only with the fall of Communism. An important read to understand a post-WW2 approach to the massive relocation and emplacement of people in an urban setting. In counterbalance, read Huxtable and Mumford - even Ebeneezer Howard.

    28. One of the most well-known beautifully problematic planning texts/musings, ever. I am absolutely fascinated by modern architecture, so I naturally I see this as an important text. I think it goes without saying that every young planning student needs to read this, but more importantly, needs to really understand why it's so important and obviously the context. Towers in the park? Just because.

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