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Author Boyer, M. Christine.

Title Le Corbusier : homme de lettres / M. Christine Boyer
Edition First edition
Published New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2011]


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Description 781 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents Le Corbusier : the writings of an architect -- Searching for a method (1907/1912) -- An encounter on the Acropolis (1910/1914, 1965) -- The many paths to Paris (1910/17) -- Forging a synthesis of art and industry : letters to William Ritter (1917/25) -- A method for the arts of today : Purism, après le Cubisme, and l'esprit nouveau -- The language of architecture -- Controversy and poetry, 1929 and beyond -- Travels to the Americas -- The Janus-faced thirties -- Algiers and the Mediterranean atlas -- Elements of a secular faith : daydreams, authority, and the view from above -- Epilogue: A book--a box of miracles
Summary "On his French identity card, legendary architect Le Corbusier listed his profession as "homme de lettres" (man of Letters). Celebrated for his architecture, Le Corbusier also wrote more than fifty books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of letters. Le Corbusier, Homme de Lettres is the first in-depth study of Le Corbusier as a writer as well as an architect. Featuring more than two hundred archival images of his writings, paintings, and photographs, this groundbreaking book examines Le Corbusier's many writing projects from 1907 to 1947, as well as his letters written to two mentors: Charles L'Eplattenier and William Ritter. Author M. Christine Boyer focuses on the development of his writing style as it morphed from romantic prose to aphorisms and telegraphic bulletins. For each of his books, Le Corbusier was meticulous about the design of the page layout, the form of the type, the impact of the ideas, and even the promotional material. As a man of letters, Le Corbusier expected to contribute to the cultural atmosphere of the twentieth century. Le Corbusier, Homme de Lettres shows for the first time how his voluminous output--books, diaries, letters, sketchbooks, travel notebooks, lecture transcriptions, exposition catalogs, journal articles--reflects not just a compulsion to write, but a passion for advancing his ideas about the relationship between architecture, urbanism, and society in a new machine age."--P. 4 of cover
Notes Includes index
Subject Le Corbusier, 1887-1965 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Le Corbusier, 1887-1965 -- Written works.
City planning.
Author Le Corbusier, 1887-1965.
LC no. 2010004855
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