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Towards a New Architecture

Le Corbusier

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ISBN 10: 9650060367 / ISBN 13: 9789650060367
Published by BN Publishing, No Location, 2008
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Title: Towards a New Architecture

Publisher: BN Publishing, No Location

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good+

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"Vers une Architecture", translated into English as Toward an Architecture (but commonly known as Towards a New Architecture) is a collection of essays written by Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), advocating for and exploring the concept of modern architecture. The book has had a lasting effect on the architectural profession, serving as the manifesto for a generation of architects, a subject of hatred for others, and unquestionably a critical piece of architectural theory. The architectural historian Reyner Banham once claimed that its influence was unquestionably "beyond that of any other architectural work published in this [20th] century to date",[1] and that unparalleled influence has continued, unabated, into the 21st century. The polemical book contains seven essays, all but one of which were published in the magazine L'Esprit Nouveau beginning in 1921. Each essay dismisses the contemporary trends of eclecticism and art deco, replacing them with architecture that was meant to be more than a stylistic experiment; rather, an architecture that would fundamentally change how humans interacted with buildings. This new mode of living derived from a new spirit defining the industrial age, demanding a rebirth of architecture based on function and a new aesthetic based on pure form.

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