The Villas of Le Corbusier 1920–1930 (Yale University Press, 1987) by Tim Benton presents the work of key figure in the history of modernism in a new light.
Le Corbusier was one of the giants of twentieth-century architecture and has been the subject of many books, but remarkably little research has been done into his actual day-to-day practices and procedures. In this book Tim Benton concentrates on the decade 1920-30 and uses the buildings constructed during the period to illuminate Le Corbusier’s architectural philosophy and the practical processes of his material creation, thus providing a secure basis for a thorough reappraisal of his achievement.
The fruit of ten years research in the archives of the Foundation Le Corbusier in Paris, the book presents a Le Corbusier more interesting, but much less self-confident than the bombastic author of books and articles with whom we are familiar. He had treat difficulty designing and the history of his design process is one of frequent backtracking, reversals and upheavals. His relationship with his clients – their personalities, but also the facts of the commissions – was almost always turbulent. Each of the buildings discussed presents a saga of potentially disastrous misunderstandings and ‘betrayals’ from which Le Corbusier seems to have escaped only by virtue of his charm and the high reputation he was beginning to acquire.
– Tim Benton, The Villas of Le Corbusier 1920–1930 (Yale University Press, 1987), excerpt from the book description
The text is in English. The book is richly illustrated with archive material such as black-and-white photographs and architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are clean, no markings; there is only some slight toning on the edges of the pages. The binding is fine. The dust jacket show only some minor signs of shelf wear and use. There are two old price stickers on the back cover.