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Towards a New Architecture [Hardcover]

Le Corbusier , Frederick Etchells
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Mar 1970
In 'Vers une Architecture', published in 1923, Le Corbusier equates the pure forms of the machine with the pure forms of the Parthenon to illustrate his view of architecture as a question of mass rather than facades, and that machines are highly architectural. First published in English in 1927, it is the most influential architectural manifesto of modern times.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Architectural Press, London.; New impression edition (Mar 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851396518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851396514
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,722,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The only piece of architectural writing that will be classed among the essential literature of the 20th century.' Reyner Banham --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A Relentless Diatribe And Low Quality Printing 26 May 2012
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Firstly, I'll deal with the printing quality of this book. This edition is clearly a copy of an earlier book, whose copyright has expired, but there is no mention of the original edition, either the publisher or year of publication. It looks like the pages were scanned and automatically converted to text. This hasn't been an entirely successful process; there are some sections of text that have not been converted from photocopy/scan into proper type. Also, the images are black and white copies of the original images and lack clarity and contrast. If you can find a good quality copy of the original book, get that instead of this book.

As for the contents of the book, it's a long diatribe, poorly argued, by an arrogant, self-absorbed elitist with no understanding of economics or the human condition. Le Corbusier states opinions as though they were facts, uses these opinions to make absolute statements of truth and admits no possibility that other opinions could have any validity.

Sadly, this approach has not lasted well through the decades. The text reads as a muddled collection of hyperbole and iconoclasm and most of the 'evident truths' stated in the book will be seen as quaint naivete from a 21st Century perspective.

There are some interesting opinions from a leading architect of the 20th Century, and some of his drawings are excellent examples of his work - if only they were reproduced at a higher quality.

If you can get a better quality of production of this text than afforded by this edition, then do so. If this edition is the only version you can find or afford, then be prepared to be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 29 Nov 2012
By Ryan
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I have been interested in Le Corbusier's work for quite a while now, and so i bought this book to learn more. It is a very good book in my opinion, running through a lot of Le Corbusier's major ideas and works. This is a fantastic book for people who are interested in history of architecture and theories behind the design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written and illistrated 12 Aug 1999
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Le Corbousier's mathematical and, at times, brutal approach to architecture is clearly and coherently laid out in this gem of a book. He is very to the point and uses words and ideas that can plainly be understood by his audience. This book is not as bad as some people say it is - Le Corbousier's just not a romantic like the rest of us!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Recieved Gift 29 Jun 2013
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Very well received this book by Le Corbusier provides an intriguing insight to the man himself whilst detailing the designs and notions for which he is so rightly famous.
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