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Le Corbusier: And the Continual Revolution in Architecture

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It could be said that Le Corbusier was to 20th-century architecture what James Joyce was to its literature: each represents for his discipline an inventively pure, Modernist approach. Postmodern theorist, historian, and architect Jencks presents a critical biography of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, who took as a pseudonym a variation on his mother's ancestral name, Le Corbesier. Beginning with the architect's early regionalist work, Jencks examines Le Corbusier's growth into the role of master architect and innovator through detailed, original, and illuminating analyses not only of his building designs but also of his drawings and paintings, paying particular attention to his writings. Jencks argues for an appreciation of the deep sensuality in the architecture and its sources. The captions are lengthy and carefully descriptive, but a greater number of plans and color photographs of the higher-quality buildings as well as greater resolution would have enhanced this notable addition to our understanding of this ultimate architect as artist. For subject collections at all academic and larger public libraries.DPaul Glassman, New York Sch. of Interior Design Lib.
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About the Author

Charles Jencks is the author of, among many other titles, Le Corbusier and the Tragic View of Architecture, The Language of Post-Modern Architecture, and The Architecture of the Jumping Universe.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (December 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580930778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580930772
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.6 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,222,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jencks gives us a well-researched biography of Le Corbusier, but unfortunately he does not give the reader enough on Le Corbusier's art. While the insights into Le Corbusier's life are intriguing, we are only given a cursory look at his buildings and paintings themselves with little analysis beyond the typical Jencks "multivalence" routine. It is an excellent biography, but I was shopping more for a detailed look at Le Corbusier's work itself so I was a bit disappointed in the end.
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By A Customer on April 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Jencks third work on LC is an expanded and revised take since his first 'tragic view of architecture'. The author makes his point well and the change of focus over the two books - a tragic view/ a continual revolution is a shift in Jencks focus on LC. The continual revolution can be seen to be light on pictures however it is not so much a primary LC text but rather a supplementary viewpoint - as such it is appropriately illustrated. Although Jencks covers the ideas of the tragic view in this edition it is worth also reading the original, where the younger author takes a more ardent stance - taking a tragic line from beginning to end. Jencks books are more than biographical studies of common LC history they follow a consistent objective course to a well directed conclusion. Though in this case there are revolutions (repetition) in information, relative to LC and the stance taken in this book; appropriately so.
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