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Le Corbusier - The Measures of Man

Few figures tower over modern architecture and city life like Le Corbusier. His dramatic rethinking of the principles and aims of architectural design made a profound impression on the spaces of twentieth-century cities and the ways that people lived in them.
            Le Corbusier—The Measure of Man offers the most up-to-date picture we have of Le Corbusier’s achievement. A new generation of researchers and curators looks in particular at his life-long study of the human proportion and how the human body should be housed. Created to accompany a breathtakingly ambitious retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the book traces Le Corbusier’s life and work from his earliest days through his greatest successes and lasting influences. It covers not only his iconic building designs and bold plans for city centers, but also presents a substantial exploration of his achievements as a painter and sculptor as well.
            Lavishly illustrated with nearly five hundred images—three-quarters of them in full color—Le Corbusier—The Measure of Man is an incredible celebration of the master architect’s achievement. Introducing him afresh form today’s perspective,  it will be absolutely essential for both his admirers and critics.

256 pages | 352 color plates, 95 halftones | 9 1/2 x 12 | © 2015

Architecture: Architecture--Criticism

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“Five hundred images trace Le Corbusier’s achievements in architecture as well as his work as a painter and sculptor.”

Publishers Weekly

"Recommended. . . . Le Corbusier: The Measure of Man provides a remarkably vivid description of an enigmatic twentieth-century Renaissance man who was an artist, architect, theorist, and writer. . . . The well-researched, well-illustrated, but sometimes conflicting views presented in the book provide an ironically accurate view of a very complex individual."


Table of Contents

Foreword / Alain Seban
Preface / Bernard Blistène

Constants of Eurhythmics
Eyes within Eyes. Architecture and Mathesis / Frédéric Migayrou
Purism and Proportions / Roxana Vicovanu
The L’Esprit Nouveau Pavilion. Manifesto for a Corbusian System / Maïlis Favre

A Body for Living
Houses and Villas (1921-1931). The Eloquence of Sketches / Olivier Cinqualbre
The Corbusian Sportive Body / Rémi Baudouï and Arnaud Dercelles
Le Corbusier. Furnishing Body and Soul / Cloé Pitiot

Dimensions of an Anthropometry
Touching the Body. Le Corbusier’s Figurative Works / Genevieve Hendricks
The Modulor. Variances of an Invariant / Frédéric Migayrou
The Open Hand. From Political Symbol to the Artist’s Signature / Marie-Jeanne Dumont

The Ineffable Space
Genesis and Representation of the Ineffable Space / Roberto Gargiani
Béton Brut, Acoustic Plasticity, and the “Cement Gun” / Anna Rosellini
Polychromy / Jan de Heer

The Universal Man
The City Laid Bare / Aurélien Lemonier
A Room to Spend the Summer / Olivier Cinqualbre

Postface: Confessions, Tribulations, Evolutions…/ Marie-Jeanne Dumont

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