Analyzing Le Corbusier 's Principles And Their Legacy

1070 WordsOct 9, 20145 Pages
Vers une architecture ANALYZING LE CORBUSIER’S PRINCIPLES AND THEIR LEGACY When one thinks of what modern architecture is, most people think of skyscrapers in Dubai or rotating buildings in China. But, in fact, this is not true. Modern Architecture began in the early 1900’s, but really came into mainstream architecture with the help of influential architect such as Le Corbusier. The specific book that solidified Corbusier’s principles, and essentially promoted his manifesto, was Vers Une Architecure (Towards a New Arhitecture). The book, which was published in 1923, had a lasting impact on the architectural profession. It serves as both as a manifesto for generations of future architects and as a subject of hate of those who are critical of it. The book itself is created of seven essays that Corbusier had previously published in his self-published magazine, L’Esprit Nouveau. The main theme of the essays are to be critical of then-contemporary trends of eclecticism and art deco architecture. Corbusier generally states that architecture should be influential and progressive in the way it changes how humans interact with buildings. In fact, Corbusier states that, “Une maison est une machine-a-habiter,” or rather, a house is a machine for living in. And in fact, architecture is the construction. When ingenuity is brought into play and masterfully implemented, art follows. This resonates with me as I agree that architecture needs to be both form and function, but function
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