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A huge influence on big Hamptons builder Charles Gwathmey, not to mention on many others, was Swiss genius Charles douard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965). Columbia University architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, author of the standard textbook Modern Architecture, here offers his entry in the T&H World of Art series. The book covers Le Corbusier's life and projects, from blocks of the 1920s Ville Contemporaine to Ronchamp Cathedral in Notre Dame-du-Haut to work in India and for Harvard. As a short introduction, it complements Charles Jenck's massive, opinionated Le Corbusier and the Continual Revolution in Architecture from Marsilio last year.

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A huge influence on big Hamptons builder Charles Gwathmey, not to mention on many others, was Swiss genius Charles douard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965). Columbia University architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, author of the standard textbook Modern Architecture, here offers his entry in the T&H World of Art series. The book covers Le Corbusier's life and projects, from blocks of the 1920s Ville Contemporaine to Ronchamp Cathedral in Notre Dame-du-Haut to work in India and for Harvard. As a short introduction, it complements Charles Jenck's massive, opinionated Le Corbusier and the Continual Revolution in Architecture from Marsilio last year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: World of Art
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500203415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500203415
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2016
Format: Hardcover
When India achieved independence from Britain in 1947, almost a million people would die, as the country was partitioned into Pakistan and India. The “breadbasket” of British India, the Punjab, was divided between the two new independent countries, with its capital, Lahore, becoming part of Pakistan. The Indian government contracted the Swiss/French architect, Le Corbusier, to plan a new capital for the Indian portion of the Punjab. It would be called Chandigarh. In 1971 I would walk across the border between Pakistan and India (the only method of crossing that was permitted at the time) and chose Chandigarh as my first destination. I was not particularly impressed, as many other are not, by artificial, “master-planned” cities, with Brasilia being another example of a city that “looks great on paper”… but living there is something else. The enduring impression that I retain of Chandigarh is volumes of dreary grey concrete arranged in artful shapes.

Le Corbusier was the name adopted by a Bauhaus-schooled Swiss architect, né Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris. I purchased this 1970-issued book shortly after my return to the United States in order to learn more about him. No question, he had elements of genius, and has had a lasting impact on building design. His “five points” of architectural design, as described on p. 13 are as follows: “the replacement of cellars and foundations by piles; the use of roof gardens; the point loading of floor supports to free internal planning; the change from windows to strips of glass (‘repetitive mechanical elements’) running from wall to wall, and thus –logically- the creation of a curtain-wall façade which would no longer carry load.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0671206923 and ISBN: 0500580049 ONLY! This hardcover 10.25" x 8" (26 cm x 20 cm) survey of 16 major works from 1929 to 1964 on only 136 pages is mostly in black & white, is comprised almost exclusively of 98 illustrations, and was published in English in 1970 by Simon & Schuster in US (Thames & Huston, London in Masters of Modern Architecture series) following the first edition in Japan in 1967 by Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, Tokyo. The introductory part on 12 pages by Martin Pawley is followed by 98 pages of illustrations - mainly photos, as well as hard line plans and sections in B&W. Several pages at the end of book contain a list of works, biographical notes, and a bibliography. Of 98 illustrations, 75 are photos (64 in B&W and 11 in color) by Yukio Futagawa of excellent quality, well balanced, crisp, and legible. Like all from the Library of Contemporary Architects/Masters of MODERN Architecture series, it is very good among architectural monographs, and superior to the Masters of WORLD Architecture/Makers of Contemporary Architecture series (ISBN: 08076*), or Studio Paperback series published by Birkhauser Verlag under ISBN: 37643* (Basel)/08176* (Boston) or Artemis Verlag under ISBN: 37608* (Zurich)/18740* (London).
CONTENTS:
Introduction 7
The Plates 21
Notes on the plates 123
Chronological list: projects and events 131
Select bibliography 133
Index 135
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