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Twenty-four-year-old Le Corbusier (born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) kept a travel diary as he roamed central and Eastern Europe, visiting ancient monuments and soaking up native architecture. His journal is a blend of overripe, lyrical prose, incisive impressions and thoughts on architecture and landscape. His trips to the Parthenon and Mount Athos, which triggered his decision to become an architect, make intense reading. He writes movingly of Anatolian vistas that express the "lofty, poetic Turkish soul" and dubs the traditional Turkish wooden house "an architectural masterpiece." Even more revealingly, this neoclassical innovator admires Rumanian peasant houses for their dazzling white stucco and adaptation of classical elements. The first book Le Corbusier wrote, Journey was published posthumously in France in 1966. This first English translation is most welcome.
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Le Corbusier was one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, if not the greatest in terms of influence and fecundity. This is the first book he ever wrote, never before published in English and only partially published in French in 1966, long after it was written in 1911. The translation, by an authority on the architect, is marvelously direct and straightforward, conveying the strength and poeticism of the original. The book records the young architect's vivid impressions on his first "Grand Tour"not of London, Paris, and Vienna, as one might expect, but of Dresden, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Brindisi, Pompeii, and, finally, Athens, where before the aura of the Parthenon he became enthralled as an architect. A thrilling visual and verbal document of early modern architecture. Peter Kaufman, Suffolk Community Coll. Lib., Selden, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (November 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262622106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262622103
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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a fascinating personal account by le corbusier,
as a young architect traveling through eastern
europe to istanbul. he observes vernacular
architecture, especially houses and churches,
but he also notes native artifacts like ceramics,
and including vases. the small drawings by the
author are particularly charming, especially
those showing small boats along the bosporus
and the sea of marmara.
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Gave it to my son who is becoming an architect and accidentally discovered he loves to travel off the beaten path. He started reading right away and loves it.
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By paulwong on August 6, 2014
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ~Zen~ on December 13, 2009
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Too many of Le Corbusier's books have too much text and too little of his drawings. I wanted this book to see how he captured his trip to the East which influenced him way more than the west is willing to admit. Never forget that every fishing village of Asia has its houses atop 'pilotis.' It was disappointing. Its more about his trip to west Asia - Islamic architecture, and not really 'east.'
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