Le Corbusier architect and feminist
Frequently reviled by feminists of our generation, Le Corbusier was in fact one of the few Modernist architects to give serious consideration to the role of women in contemporary society, believing them to be instigators of change and an important force in the advancement of society. Ranging in scope from Le Corbusier's interest in fashion, housework and sex to a close analysis of the philosophies underlying his architecture, his fascination with Orphism, his artwork and his buildings, this book examines the ramifications of his interest in feminism in all aspects of his life. A disparity between his idealised view of womanhood and the reality of the women he knew and loved is revealed. The book is essential reading for anybody who is interested in the way the relationship between the sexes impacts on architecture, and in the personal and professional life of Le Corbusier. Encompassing much new material -- including the Provisional Theatre at La Sainte Baume, designed by Le Corbusier but never before published -- it provides a valuable resource for those who remain unconvinced by standard histories of this enigmatic and complex figure.
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