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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (July 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870708511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870708510
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This catalogue records the only comprehensive exhibition that the Museum of Modern Art has ever staged and published on Le Corbusier's works. [...] Key words in the subtitles are " atlas" and "landscapes". First Le Corbusier was the "Atlas" of modern design, from furniture to urbanism; second, he profoundly conceived his designs in terms of landscapes. [...] This book charts all of his built works by continent, including his paintings and writings, which he sold and published to support and promote himself. (P.S. Kaufman CHOICE 2013-12-01)

"Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes" examines the proselytizing modernist's endeavors on multiple continents as architect, interior designer, artists, city planner and writer. (The Editors Art in America 2013-08-01)

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, presents a vast range of the work of the influencial architect who was born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in 1887. (Suzanne Stephens Architectural Record 2013-07-01)

2012 marked what would have been the 125th birthday of the great French architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, better known to the world as Le Corbusier. With anniversaries come books: Take a gander at... a career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, D.A.P.). (The E2012 Marked What The Editors Dwell Magazine 2013-06-01)

The accompanying text to the Museum of Modern Art's June exhibition-- the largest ever produced on Le Corbusier's prolific oeuvre-- encompasses his work as architect, city planner, writer and photographer. (Tali Jaffe Cultured Magazine 2013-03-01)

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Dynes on August 8, 2013
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Issued in conjunction with a major exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, this volume is handsomely produced, with many new photographs. However, the aspiration of the authors to create a kind of ultimate reference work on this seminal architect falls short of the mark. For one thing there is only a summary bibliography at the end. Yet one of the strengths of current Corbu scholarship is the profusion of monographs on individual buildings. For the most part these revealing publications are not even acknowledged.

In keeping with the "atlas" designation the books does succeed in showing the geographical dispersal of the architect's work, which is not just limited, as many assume, to France, Switzerland, and India.

Yet the other task of the volume, to establish the bonding of the architect with the natural environment, turns out to be unsuccessful. The dust jacket sports a view of the iconic Villa Savoye in its present park-like setting. Immediately, though, the eye is drawn to the presence of the pilotis, Corbu's characteristic slender posts which serve to elevate the living quarters of the house from the ground. Unlike his great rival Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier had no wish to embed his structures in the bosom of nature, but to enable them to break free of it. Healthy living, he held, requires us to separate ourselves from the dank, insalubrious earth. Instead we must revel in the freedom of light and air, exulting in "les heures claires," as the villa was called. For the architect nature and culture were opposed, and he came down decisively on the side of the latter.

To put the matter bluntly and directly, the subtext of this elaborate volume is an effort to ally Le Corbusier with today's ecological movement. The marriage fails.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eduard josef freer on November 23, 2013
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Great addition to a personal design library.
Excellent chronological collection of Corbu's work.
Great complement to the many theoretical books on Corbusier' work.

High quality publication.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mp on September 28, 2013
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Received a couple of days ago and had a chance to thumb through the 1-1/2" book so far.
I went to see the show about a month ago. The study models, large sketches and 8 mm movies were helpful to understand the architect's design process. For some reason, the full size mock-ups of interior spaces weren't as effective. The book/catalog is priced quite low. It's about same as the admission fees for two of us at MOMA if we didn't go on the Free Night. I wish the pictures of the sketches were larger in the book. The book is very comprehensive. The number of Maps, sketches, paintings, photos, and essays are overwhelming but it would be a good reference when trying to find out more about a particular building or a certain period of his life. I am very happy with the book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Peyton Hall on September 5, 2013
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If you were at MOMA for the exhibition, and particularly if you, like me, couldn't make it, you need this fix. We who grew up in the 20th Century were taught to worship certain master architects, seminal artists, and form givers. Corbu was one of those gods. The graphic documentation is essential information, you may scan the text to refresh your early education, or you may read and think deeply about architecture and the meaning of life, at your leisure.

PS: This looks really impressive on the coffee table. Your non-architect friends will be impressed.
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