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The City of To-morrow and Its Planning (Dover Architecture) Paperback – April 1, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0486253329 ISBN-10: 0486253325 Edition: Reissue

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Architecture
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reissue edition (April 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486253325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486253329
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, French (translation)

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Swiss-born architect, urban planner, sculptor, painter, and writer Le Corbusier (1887-1956), born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century and one of the leading figures of architectural modernism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1999
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As an architecture student interested in the "art" of city planning, I found this book fascinating! Gives Le Corbusier's "radical" views and ideas plenty of substantive support. It is not only a book of design theory, but a book of urban history. Even if you're not too fond of Corbusier's work, this is a must-read for anyone interested in architecture!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 13, 2010
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The French architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965; born in Switzerland as Charles Edouard Jeanneret) wrote this book in 1929, in which he proposed what he called the "Radiant City." Unlike Ebenezer Howard (Garden Cities of To-morrow) and Frank Lloyd Wright (The Natural House), Corbusier supported industrialization and the machine as inevitable, glorified plain skyscrapers ("New York is wrong, but the skyscraper remains a noble instrument"), while enthusiastically supporting modern engineering methods and the use of synthetic building materials.

He begins the Foreward by stating, "A Town is a tool. Towns no longer fulfil this function. They are ineffectual... A city! It is the grip of man upon nature. It is a human operation directed against nature, a human organism both for protection and for work. It is a creation." He asserts that town planning "is bound to become one of the burning questions of the day." "The city of to-day is a dying thing because it is not geometrical. To build in the open would be to replace our present haphazard arrangements, which are all we have to-day, by a uniform lay-out. Unless we do this there is no salvation. The result of a true geometrical lay-out is repetition." He concludes, "Therefore the existing centres must come down. To save itself, every great city must rebuild its centre." Rather than wasting time by commuting to the city, each apartment block would contain services such as child care and food preparation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Olson on February 28, 2012
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This book written in 1924, shows you how cities came about, how they evolved over time. how architecture evolved from roman, threw the middle ages to what we have to day. The single best "over view" book on what cities are, and should be mandatory in all high school and collage civics / government / world history classes. The illustrations in this book look like modern sky scrapers... till you notice the WWI biplane flying past. A man ahead of his time and still ahead of our modern cities.
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By Tyler on November 1, 2013
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When i bought the book i didnt realize it was so old ( it was 42 years old!!!!) I love surprises!!! The book was in AWESOME condition, no scratches, not dents, no anything!!! I'm extremely happy with what i received!
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