Modern Biology Paperback – 30 Jun 2006
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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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Le Corbusier, the great Swiss Architect and city planner, was born Charles Edouard Jeanneret in La Chaux-de-fonds, a watch-making city in Switzerland in 1887. He pioneered functionalist architecture with the use of reinforced concrete and the concept of the house as a ""machine for living."" He died in the Mediterranean in 1965. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.Published on 29 Jun. 2013 by glimbo123
This is a major modernist text wnich give a clear idea of where le Corbusier is coming from. His vision of archtecture is influenced by classical greek temples and modern... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by MR MICHAEL EVANS