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Le Corbusier

Charles Édouard Jeanneret (1887–1965), was an architect who became known as Le Corbusier, "the carpenter". He was also a designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of so-called modern architecture.

Jeanneret was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. He designed buildings in Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America.

Dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities, Le Corbusier was influential in urban planning. He prepared the master plan for the city of Chandigarh in India, and contributed specific designs for several buildings there.

In 2016, seventeen projects by Le Corbusier in seven countries became UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Some Corbus classics: Convent of La TouretteRonchampVilla SavoyeUnite d'Habitation, or Villa Roche).

Corbusier Thoughts

The home should be the treasure chest of living. - Le Corbusier

To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects. - Le Corbusier

Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan, both for the house and the city. - Le Corbusier

We must kill the street. We shall truly enter into modern town planning only after we have accepted this preliminary determination. - Le Corbusier

New York . . . is a savage city! - Le Corbusier

My research is like my feeling, directed towards what is the principle value in the life – the poetry. - Le Corbusier

I thought New York is a catastrophe . . . a beautiful catastrophe. - Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier, Charles Édouard Jeanneret, Literature  

Baker, Geoffrey. 1989. Le Corbusier: An Analysis of Form. 2nd ed. New York: Van Nostrand.

Corbusier, Le. 1967. The Radiant City: Elements of a Doctrine of Urbanism. New York: Orion.

Corbusier, Le. 1971. The City of To-Morrow and its Planning. 3rd ed. London: Architectural Press.

Corbusier, Le. 1989. Towards a New Architecture. London: Butterworth Architecture.

Gans, D. 1987. The Corbusier Guide. Princeton: Princeton Architectural.

Jencks, Charles. 1973. Le Corbusier and the Tragic View of Architecture. London: Lane.

Palazzolo, Carlo, and Riccardo Vio, eds. 1991. In the Footsteps of Le Corbusier. New York: Rizzoli.

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