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Toward an Architecture Hardcover – 13 Feb 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; UK ed edition (13 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711228086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711228085
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 3.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,629,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Even 84 years after its publication, this modernist manifesto remains provocative and revealing. || Toward an Architecture is the most influential book on architecture of the modern era. Perhaps only Vitruvius can match it for influence from any age. So let's make that the most influential book on architecture for about 2000 years. This new translation addresses some of the problems of the original 1927 verison. John-Louis Cohen's introduction is superb on Le Corbusier's devious maniputlation of images to fit in with his theory, and on politics...The republication of this book will help to explain how an entire culture was seduced into modernism. || A professionally dedicated book, no stone is left unturned in this resounding literary opus from the architect Le Corbusier. This reprint also features a lengthy introduction which brings the original into the 21st Century. || A fine rendition of the spirit of the original, avoiding pastiche. Together with the new introduction, explanatory notes, fine printing and paper quality, this seems a definitive version.

About the Author

Jean-Louis Cohen was trained as an architect and received a doctorate in history at the à ‰ cole des hautes études en sciences sociales. Since 1993, he has held the Sheldon. Solow Chair in the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. From 1998 to 2003, he led the project for the Cité de l'Architecture, a cultural center that opened in 2007 in Paris. Cohen's research activity focuses on twentieth-century architecture and planning in Germany and Russia, as well as on colonialism in North Africa. He has written extensively on Le Corbusier's work.

John Goodman is a translator and art historian. He has rendered some thirty books from French into English, notably work by Denis Diderot, Hubert Damisch, and Georges Didi-Huberman. Goodman has published widely on the visual culture of eighteenth-century Europe and is currently preparing a synthetic study of neoclassicism for Thames and Hudson's World of Art series.

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Great read! It's such an inspirational book. I had read the notes on it with regards to making you see the world differently with why things are designed certain ways and how it can influence your design mind... but didn't think it would really have such an effect. Covers so much of the modern world... even stuff which hadn't happened when this book was written. Le Corbusier was such a clever man and is like the daddy of modern architecture. Great for any architect student... and the sooner you get it... the greater your design skills will be... and DESIGN SKILLS is much harder to get good at than you think. Especially when you're given a brief and you have to come up with something that fits. This book helps you develop ways to do this. Could go on and on... but I won't... just thoroughly recommend it@!
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It's hard to understand just how revolutionary some Modernist ideas were at the time, but this text and the accompanying illustrations help to explain some of Le Corbusier's early influences situating them in the technological context of the time.
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Although we are still struggling with the legacy triggered by Corbusier's revolutionary concepts in particular in view to urban design, his thoughts are refreshingly clear even more considering todays cacophony of star architect philosophies and manifestos. The book itself is well presented and a good quality print with a comprehensive and helpful introduction.
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