Concerning Town Planning by Le Corbusier (original title in French Propos D’Urbanisme; The Architectural Press, 1946/1947, reprinted in 1948) debates urbanity in the age of civilisation of production.
Problem posed at the dawn of the Neo-technic era : ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING, spirit and heartbeat of an epoch ; of nations, and of a civilisation. Architecture and planning.
Here, simply enunciated, are the elements of a phenomenon that is bursting from its shell :
functions : (living, working, cultivation of the body and mind), i.e. equipment ;
shelter : (of people of things, of work, of institutions, of ideas), i. e. architecture.
The art of building :
technique : materials, methods (the means) ;
biology of construction : organs and organisms ;
psychology : sensibility, psycho-physiological reaction, security, inventions, joy of discovery, splendour and pangs of creation. Participation in action; to move, to be in harmony with the signs of our time, to take part, to live, the notion of well-being.
– Le Corbusier, Concerning Town Planning, p.13
The text is in English and it has been translated from French by Clive Entwistle. The illustrations consist of Le Corbusier’s architectural drawings and sketches.
Our copy in stock is in nice condition. The pages are clean without any markings except for the first fly leaf which has the previous owner’s signature and some pencil markings. The binding is a bit loose but fine. There is some age-related toning on the pages. The dust-jacket is missing, but the cloth-covering on the covers is tidy.