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In its first-ever English translation, this 1912 essay was the first publication for a young Swiss-born architect named Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris - better known today by the pseudonym he adopted in 1920, Le Corbusier.
Always a prolific writer, and always interested in the decorative arts, the young Le Corbusier lucidly analyzed the German applied arts movement and its main figures, including Peter Behrens, for whom he had worked in 1910-1911.
This historic, extensively illustrated edition puts Le Corbusier's text into the context of politics and architecture on the eve of World War I, and reveals fascinating connections between European history and the biography of this towering architect.
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