Architectural poetry in the machine age

“Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of volumes brought together in light.”
—Le Corbusier

Born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier (1887-1965) adopted his famous pseudonym after publishing his ideas in the review L’Esprit Nouveau in 1920. The few buildings he was able to design during the 1920s, when he also spent much of his time painting and writing, brought him to the forefront of modern architecture, though it was not until after World War II that his epoch-making buildings were constructed, such as the Unité d’Habitation apartment complex in Marseilles, and the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp.
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)
The author:
In 1997, the French Minister of Culture appointed Jean-Louis Cohen to create the Cité de l'architecture—a museum, research, and exhibition center in Paris's Palais de Chaillot. Cohen's research has focused principally on 20th-century architecture and urban planning, and his studies on German and Soviet architectural cultures. The author and curator of numerous books and exhibitions on architecture, he is an internationally acknowledged authority on Le Corbusier's work.

The editor:
Peter Gössel runs an agency for museum and exhibition design. For TASCHEN he published monographs on Julius Shulman, R.M. Schindler, John Lautner and Richard Neutra as well as several titles in the Basic Architecture Series.
Le Corbusier (Basic Art Series, TASCHEN 25 Edition)

Le Corbusier

, Peter Gössel
Hardcover, 9.4 x 11.8 in., 96 pages
$ 14.99
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
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