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Le Corbusier: A Life

Nicholas Fox Weber

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 848

  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

  • Date Published: May 2009

  • Stock Code: 67937

  • ISBN: 9780375410437

  • Binding: Hardback

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Le Corbusier: A Life is the first full-scale biography of Le Corbusier, one of the most influential, admired, and maligned architects of the twentieth century, heralded as a prophet in his lifetime, revered as a god after his death.He was a leader of the modernist movement that sought to create better living conditions and a better society through housing concepts. He predicted the city of the future with its large, white apartment buildings in parklike settings a move away from the turn-of-the-century industrial city, which he saw as too fussy and suffocating and believed should be torn down, including most of Paris. Irascible and caustic, tender and enthusiastic, more than a mercurial innovator, Le Corbusier was considered to be the very conscience of modern architecture.In this first biography of the man, Nicholas Fox Weber writes about Le Corbusier, the precise, mathematical, practical-minded artist whose idealism, discipline and sensualism were reflected in his iconic designs and pioneering theories of architecture and urban planning.Weber writes about Le Corbusiers training; his coming to live and work in Paris; the ties he formed with Nehru, Brassa, Malraux, Einstein, Matisse, the Steins, Picasso, Walter Gropius, and others.Le Corbusier: A Life is abrilliant revelation of this single-minded, elusive genius, of his extraordinary achivements and the age in which he lived.

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