Last week we were asked to read “Pure Creation of the Mind” , a passage from the book (pages 199-224) “Towards A New Architecture” by Le Corbusier. This post is the continuation of further research.
Le Corbusier, a pseudonym for Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, was a Swiss-French designer, painter, urban planner and mostly recognised as an architect leading modern architecture also a founding member of the Congrès Iinternational d’architecture Moderne (CIAM).
“Towards A New Architecture” originally titled as “Vers Une Architecture” is a collection of 7 essays turned into a book by Le Corbusier published in 1927. Le Corbusier has written this book ,which is considered as a manifesto for a generation of architects, to win recognition as an intellectual and architectural reformer.
In this book Le Corbusier explores the concept of modern architecture. It is elaborated on the relationship of an engineers aesthetic and architecture, regulating lines, mass production housesusing many examples including liners, airplanes and automobiles and the choice between architecture and industrial revolution. The book also contains many drawings and illustrations by Le Corbusier.
The book lays down some key principles in architecture, but also raises some great questions for example which is more important, form or function? Being more critical of architecture and design is one of the many captious traits of this book
A quotation from Pure Creation of the Mind:
“Contour and profile are the touchstone of the architect.”