Le Corbusier is one of the most famous architects of the twentieth century. The richness and variety of his work combined with his passionately expressed philosophy of architecture have had an oversized impact on the urban fabric and the way we live. Weaving through his long and prolific life are certain recurrent themes—his perennial drive toward new types of dwelling, from the early white villas to the Unité d’Habitation at Marseilles; his evolving concepts of urban form, including the Plan Voisin of 1925, with its cruciform towers imposed on the city of Paris, and his work at Chandigarh in India; and his belief in a new technocratic order.
The distinguished critic and architecture historian Kenneth Frampton reexamines all facets of the architect’s artistic and philosophical worldview in light of recent thinking and presents us with a Le Corbusier whose work is still relevant for the twenty-first century. This revised edition features a new introduction and color illustrations.
Kenneth Frampton was Ware professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, from 1972 to 2019, and was awarded the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale in 2018.