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Le Corbusier , Le
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1. Februar 2000 Dover Architecture
This is a translation of the eighth edition of "Urbanisme, " a landmark work in the development of modern city planning. It was so recognized when it first appeared in English in 1929. A review in the "Nation" stated that "Le Corbusier ranks with Freud, Picasso, and Einstein as a leading genius of our time. The only great architect alive, he has turned his attention from the individual house to town-planning. And the result is 'The City of To-morrow, ' a book not for aesthetics but for statesmen."At the same time, Edgar Johnson wrote in the "New York Evening Post" that "M. Le Corbusier's extremely important book is an analysis of the problem of the city and a solution. It sidesteps none of the issues, admits the inevitable growth in population, the need for speed and centralization, and provides a reasoned and thorough overcoming of the difficulties. This book is, both practically and artistically, a work of vision."The book was one of the first to recognize an approaching "urban crisis," and its main thesis is that such a vast and complicated machine as the modern great city can only be made to function adequately on the basis of strict order, that we must aim first of all at efficiency but that it must lead us on to a fine and noble architecture. Le Corbusier raises questions in this work that are still being raised today. He concludes from his study that the whole urban scene is one of wasted opportunities and inefficiency. He proposes an alternative course, which is a bold and drastic reconstruction of the entire machine.Le Corbusier presents in this work two schemes for the reconstruction of a modern city. One is the "Voisin" plan for the center of Paris and the other is his more developed plans for the "City of Three Million Inhabitants." In both these schemes he adopts the skyscraper as his most important unit, but they are set at immense distances from one another and are surrounded by large open spaces or parks. They are allocated to commercial, not residential purposes; the great tenement houses and other buildings will remain relatively low in height. The plans included in this book demonstrate clearly the scope and general appearance of such a reconstruction as Corbusier proposes of a great modern city.
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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Dover Pubn Inc; Auflage: Reissue (1. Februar 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0486253325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486253329
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,3 x 15,4 x 1,8 cm
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Analyzes the old structure of cities, suggests a new approach to city planning, and shows specific street and building plans.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen absolutely overrated 10. Oktober 2011
When reading this book I was shocked about the superficial and almost primitive analysis, on which a vast amount of last centuries city planning was based. The first part almost only consists of incoherent and unscientific postulations of the legitimacy of the right angle as doctrine for planning, while the second part focuses on a practical approach of how to reduce a city to a place for sleeping, working and driving while thwarting any form of culture by burying it under a ridiculous desert of parks. "We must plant trees" is Le Corbusiers answer on every human question, while his answer on every structural question is the right angle.
The social hirachy that is implicated in his ideas is frightening. I gave this book 2 Stars because it gives an understanding of the planning faliures of the last century. Still, the rare content, the primitive scientific methods (which I would not even call "scientific" or "methods")used, the almost pathetic way to advocate his personal, static ideas and the total denial of the city as a growing organism makes this book one of the most overrated books I've read and I would recommend to spend your 11 Euros elsewhere.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must-read for any architecture buff! 5. September 1999
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As an architecture student interested in the "art" of city planning, I found this book fascinating! Gives Le Corbusier's "radical" views and ideas plenty of substantive support. It is not only a book of design theory, but a book of urban history. Even if you're not too fond of Corbusier's work, this is a must-read for anyone interested in architecture!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must-read for any architecture buff! 5. September 1999
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As an architecture student interested in the "art" of city planning, I found this book fascinating! Gives Le Corbusier's "radical" views and ideas plenty of substantive support. It is not only a book of design theory, but a book of urban history. Even if you're not too fond of Corbusier's work, this is a must-read for anyone interested in architecture!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How and why city's evolved. 28. Februar 2012
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This book written in 1924, shows you how cities came about, how they evolved over time. how architecture evolved from roman, threw the middle ages to what we have to day. The single best "over view" book on what cities are, and should be mandatory in all high school and collage civics / government / world history classes. The illustrations in this book look like modern sky scrapers... till you notice the WWI biplane flying past. A man ahead of his time and still ahead of our modern cities.
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The French architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965; born in Switzerland as Charles Edouard Jeanneret) wrote this book in 1929, in which he proposed what he called the "Radiant City." Unlike Ebenezer Howard (Garden Cities of To-morrow) and Frank Lloyd Wright (The Natural House), Corbusier supported industrialization and the machine as inevitable, glorified plain skyscrapers ("New York is wrong, but the skyscraper remains a noble instrument"), while enthusiastically supporting modern engineering methods and the use of synthetic building materials.

He begins the Foreward by stating, "A Town is a tool. Towns no longer fulfil this function. They are ineffectual... A city! It is the grip of man upon nature. It is a human operation directed against nature, a human organism both for protection and for work. It is a creation." He asserts that town planning "is bound to become one of the burning questions of the day." "The city of to-day is a dying thing because it is not geometrical. To build in the open would be to replace our present haphazard arrangements, which are all we have to-day, by a uniform lay-out. Unless we do this there is no salvation. The result of a true geometrical lay-out is repetition." He concludes, "Therefore the existing centres must come down. To save itself, every great city must rebuild its centre." Rather than wasting time by commuting to the city, each apartment block would contain services such as child care and food preparation.

His philosophy of efficiency and simplicity in form and functionality (perhaps exemplified in his prefabricated apartment buildings, and predilection for reinforced concrete) were highly influential in the United States (he was one of the architects who designed the United Nations building, for example), as well as elsewhere.

He observes, "immense industrial undertakings do not require great men. Such works are carried out in the same way as rain fills a water-butt, drop by drop; and the men who bring them to completion are small, like raindrops, and not great like torrents.... The torrent is in MANKIND, it is not the individuals themselves."

In conclusion, he writes, "I invent no utopia in which to build my city. I assert that its proper place is here, and nothing will remove it. If I affirm this so categorically it is because I am aware of our human limitations, aware that we have not the power to begin all over again build our City as we will elsewhere. To desire such a thing is to be reactionary, and to persist in it would make the whole scheme an impossibility. Therefore it must be here."
5.0 von 5 Sternen Best of the old 2. November 2013
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When i bought the book i didnt realize it was so old ( it was 42 years old!!!!) I love surprises!!! The book was in AWESOME condition, no scratches, not dents, no anything!!! I'm extremely happy with what i received!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A planner with a vision 3. Juli 2003
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Le Corbusier has a dream for Paris, and it is a really interesting and unusual one. He creates a model for the cities, and his model has been living for almost a century. Although, you may reject to see it built, put aside living in it, it is a complete (well, almost complete) model. In this book, Le Corbusier presents his model city in detail from streets to building codes. He not only talks about the physical structure, but also the life style it would create. The mass of the city scares you, but you admire how he defends his vision, which is strong and bold, just like the book itself.
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