Le Corbusier - The architect on the beach
The mastermind behind what he termed beautiful and functional ''machines for living,'' Le Corbusier has long been recognized as one of the foremost figures in the international style of architecture. Yet, beginning in the 1940s, the famed architect and urbanist increasingly took modernism in a new direction that has until now been insufficiently considered-and little understood.
The development of Le Corbusier's new approach not only changed modernism but also inspired-and continues to inspire-new shapes and lines in the work of a host of architects. In this superbly written and accessible piece of architectural history, Maak develops the intricate story of a breakthrough in architecture that began on a beach.
''This intelligent book explains that there was never really a break between Le Corbusier's early and late work. By blending the architect's opposing attitudes, the author not only creates a consistent portrait of Le Corbusier but also shows to what extent his successors have, to this day, been influenced by his new style of design.''-Süddeutsche Zeitung
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