Toward an Architecture

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  • Copyright: 2007-10-15
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Published in 1923, Toward an Architecture had an immediate impact on architects throughout Europe and remains a foundational text for students and professionals. Le Corbusier urges readers to cease thinking of architecture as a matter of historical styles and instead open their eyes to the modern world. Simultaneously a historian, critic, and prophet, he provocatively juxtaposes views of classical Greece and Renaissance Rome with images of airplanes, cars, and ocean liners. Le Corbusier's slogans--such as "the house is a machine for living in"--and philosophy changed how his contemporaries saw the relationship between architecture, technology, and history. This edition includes a new translation of the original text, a scholarly introduction, and background notes that illuminate the text and illustrations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
From the Translatorp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Toward an Architecture
Introduction to the Second Editionp. 83
Argumentp. 85
Aesthetic of the Engineer, Architecturep. 91
Three Reminders to Architectsp. 99
Volumep. 99
Surfacep. 107
Planp. 115
Regulating Linesp. 131
Eyes That Do Not See...p. 145
Linersp. 145
Airplanesp. 159
Automobilesp. 177
Architecturep. 193
The Lesson of Romep. 193
The Illusion of the Planp. 213
Pure Creation of the Mindp. 231
Mass-Production Housingp. 253
Architecture or Revolutionp. 291
Editor's and Translator's Notesp. 308
Selected Bibliographyp. 331
Illustration Creditsp. 335
Indexp. 336
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