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Towards a New Architecture (Anglais) Broché – 1 décembre 1970


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"Towards a New Architecture" by Le Corbusier is THE classic book advocating for and exploring the concept of modern architecture. It has had an undeniable lasting effect on the architectural profession, serving as the manifesto for a generation of architects and unquestionably a critical piece of architectural theory. The architectural historian Reyner Banham claimed that its influence is definately "beyond that of any other architectural work published in this [20th] century to date" and this unparalleled influence has continued into the 21st century.


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  • Broché: 340 pages
  • Editeur : Architectural Press; Édition : New edition (1 décembre 1970)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0750606274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750606271
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,3 x 15,7 x 2,1 cm
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Where it all began 8 décembre 2003
Par James Ferguson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Probably the most important book in Modern Architecture. Certainly the most villified over the years, especially since the death of Le Corbusier. In it he laid the ground work for Modern Architecture, extolling the virtues of an architecture that was the product of the machine age rather than a pastiche of historical styles.
Le Corbusier illustrated the principles which he felt should govern architecture, drawing from historical references such as the Parthenon, but stressing the need to come up with a new proportional system reflective of concrete construction. He had developed the Dom-ino system by this point and had designed a few villas along these lines. Included are wonderful sketches and models of his Citrohan House, which he hoped would be mass-produced like the automobile. He even approached the French car maker, Citroen, in this regard.
He explored low-scale housing solutions based on what he called the "Honeycomb" principle, porous housing blocks that allowed light and air to pass through the buildings for better ventilation and more airy courtyards. He forsaw many of the environmental concerns architecture now faces, despite the many attacks to the contrary.
Le Corbusier would reshape many of his ideas over time, but this book outlines his early view of architecture in the machine age, which led to the quote most often taken from this book, "a house is a machine for living." But, Le Corbusier saw it in much more human terms than his critics have.
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A seminal work 30 septembre 2001
Par Ron - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book is inspirational for those who believe in modern architecture. The ideas are still as potent as ever. This book reflects the optimism of those early 20th century architects who worshipped new technology, who had a fervent desire to do every "modern" using industrial materials, who denounced old materials like stone and wood, who preached the benefits of a social architecture for the masses. For almost a century, this book has also influenced every great architects in the 20th century.
Having said all that, this book needs to be read with the reminder that not everything it preaches is "correct" and the many manifestations of modern architecture is darn right "de-humanizing" and "souless". This book is best contrasted by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and many contemporary architects who emphasize the importance of a sense of "living" space in architecture.
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Wonderfully written and illistrated 12 août 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Le Corbousier's mathematical and, at times, brutal approach to architecture is clearly and coherently laid out in this gem of a book. He is very to the point and uses words and ideas that can plainly be understood by his audience. This book is not as bad as some people say it is - Le Corbousier's just not a romantic like the rest of us!
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worthless and even dangerous 8 novembre 1999
Par Timothy J. Duffy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is probably the stupidest book I've ever read. It amazes me that people still read it as if it has something worthwhile to offer. I read it 21 years ago when I was 17, and I filled the margins with harsh criticism. I looked at it again a couple years ago to see if I still agreed with those criticisms and I did. The book is a monument to illogic, and what's frightening is that it's been enormously influential. The basic thesis is this - airplanes, ships and grain silos look cool, so our buildings should look like them. If anyone tries to convince you that the message is deeper than that, don't be fooled. It's rubbish. Unfortunately it goes beyond buildings to urban planning. And it was very influential in this realm also. To devastating effect. This is probably a good point to refer anyone who's considering this book to Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities, not only because of her specifics, but because of her method. Corbusier envisioned utopias and decided they were perfect models for a brave new world without any research or logical basis whatsoever. Jane Jacobs studied real cities, real neighborhoods and real people and came to conclusions from her observations of reality. Another book I'd recommend as an antidote to Towards a New Architecture is Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language. I'm not a mindless devotee of Alexander - the book is a mixture of wisdom, common sense and nonsense. But it has real value, unlike Towards a New Architecture (except for it's historical importance), and my point here is Alexander's methodology. He and his colleagues did a lot of research and studied real situations in real places, from which they drew their conclusions. There's no question in my mind that Le Corbusier was a genius. I've been to Ronchamp and it's one of the most amazing places I've been on Earth. He was a great architect. But a theoretician? Forget it! Also, I think it was Lewis Mumford who referred to Corbusier as a "twisted genius." I have to agree with this assessment (and recommend another book - Le Corbusier and the Tragic View of Architecture, by Charles Jencks). Corbusier's philosophy was condescending and elitist, and his architecture was fundamentally anti-human. His multidudes of imitators foisted his brutal environmental image on the world, minus the genius. It's time we start treating this book as it deserves to be treated - as illogical, self-serving garbage that's been hugely influential in giving us a world that's full of mean, inhuman, unpleasant places.
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A must have for Architecture students 24 juillet 2006
Par Kieran D - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Worth the read just for Le Corbusier's description of the effects that a building has on the psyche's of its users. Lots of great line drawings. When reading, remember that the book is a collection of magazine articles, hence the repitition that occurs from chapter to chapter. The book should have been only half as long as it is; a lot of unnecessary filler.
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