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Le Corbusier: Architect and Visionary (World of Art) [Paperback]

Kenneth Frampton
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1 May 2001 World of Art
Le Corbusier's ideas and works constitute the greatest single influence in the development of architecture in the 20th century. His passionately expressed philosophy has had an enormous effect on the urban fabric and the way we live. Weaving through his long and prolific life are certain recurrent themes - his perennial drive towards new types of dwelling, from the early white villas to the Unite d'Habitation at Marseilles; his evolving concepts of urban form, including the Plan Voisin of 1925; and his belief in a new technocratic order. Frampton draws on the latest research to set Le Corbusier's work against the background of his complex personality. The treatment is largely chronological, revealing the architect's development and his world-wide legacy. It discusses the full range of his achievement, from realized buildings and the new Indian city of Chandigarh, to the messianic modernist publications in which he espoused his fervent belief in architecture as an agent of progress.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (1 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500203415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500203415
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kenneth Frampton is an outstanding critic and historian of modern architecture. He is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, New York. His many publications include Modern Architecture: A Critical History, now in its third revised edition in the World of Art and published in foreign editions worldwide.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must about Le Corbusier 3 April 2009
This book is a must reading for everyone and everybody interested in Modern architecture, because Le Corbusier is just one of its main characters. The book is lavishly illustrated and the explanations Frampton gives about Le Corbusier are a perfect introduction - and maybe more - about this crucial architect of the 20th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for research 7 Aug 2013
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Our son is doing a mini project on Le Corbusier and has been using this book. Great info'. Pics are in B&W only and there are so many of them...amazing. Good delivery and packaging.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 16 selected projects in 98 illustrations 14 Mar 2006
By Eugene Tenenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
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).
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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