ARCHITECTURE & URBANISME CONTEMPORAINS
[Le Corbusier] Claudius Petit: ARCHITECTURE & URBANISME CONTEMPORAINS. Firminy: Maison Dela Culture De Firminy, 1967. Oblong quarto. Text in French. Exhibition catalog. Thick wrappers printed in two colors. 28 pp. 10 black and white plates. Wrappers worn and scuffed, especially to rear panel. A very good copy. Rare.
8.25 x 6.25 exhibition catalog from Le Corbusier's Maison Dela Culture De Firminy for a self-titled exhibition from October 1967, featuring 55 works by Alvar Aalto, Emile Aillaud, Atelier 5 Architects, Paul Bossard, Pierre Chareau, Le Corbusier, Michel Ecochard, John Johansen, LouisKahn, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, L. Miquel & R. Simounet, Murphy & Associates, Pier Luigi Nervi, Richard Neutra, Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Prouve, Paul Rudolph, Eeero Saarinen, Hans Scharoun, Skidmore Owings & Merril, Kenzo Tange, Anfre Wogensky, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Contains illustrations of work by Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, John Johansen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, L. Miquel & R. Simounet, Pier Luigi Nervi, Richard Neutra, Paul Rudolph, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Oscar Niemeyer.
One of the most imaginative and influential architects of the twentieth century, Le Corbusier (1887-1965) devoted a lifetime to building and planning, from private houses and churches to apartment blocks and entire cities. Although they aroused a storm of opposition ats the time, his most famous buildings have largely determined the course of modern architecture in the past few decades. Two of them, the now legendary Villa Savoye and the pilgramage church of Ronchamp, have been declared historic monuments by the French government. They and many other works, in many countries, are shaping the architectural future. Le Corbusier's ideas, his books, his vision of the Radiant City, continues to be as much discussed today as when he first put them into circulation.
Born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier (1887-1965) adopted his famous pseudonym after publishing his ideas in the review L'Esprit Nouveau in 1920. The few buildings he was able to design during the 1920s, when he also spent much of his time painting and writing, brought him to the forefront of modern architecture, though it wasn't until after World War II that his epoch-making buildings were constructed, such as the Unite d'Habitation in Marseilles and the Church of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp.
A sample spread from this volume can be viewed here.
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