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When the Cathedrals Were White

Le Corbusier’s When the Cathedrals Were White (McGraw-Hill Paperbacks, 1947) examines the architecture and people of New York.


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When the Cathedrals Were White is Le Corbusier’s (1887–1965)  documentary and theoretical analysis of the architecture and people of New York. The book proposes a new presents the fundamental theory behind Le Corbusier’s urban thinking. The Radiant City was written between 1931–1934 and it presents an unrealised project for modern urban living.

One day (a hundred years ago), man went from the immemorial speed of walking to the unlimited speeds of machines. Everything was called in question. The limits of control were torn away, extended to the point of disappearing. But the sun, imperturbable in its course, continued to mark the rhythm of our work. Today it accuses us of confusion, lack of foresight, neglect, heedlessness; misfortune and the worst kind of disproportion are the result.
— Le Corbusier, When the Cathedrals Were White, Introduction, p. xix.

Our copy of When the Cathedrals Were White was published by McGraw-Hill Paperbacks  in 1964; the original publication is by Reynal & Hitchcock from 1947. The text is in English. The book has some black-and-white drawings that illustrate the text.

For more information about Le Corbusier, please visit www.fondationlecorbusier.fr.

The copy in our stock is in nice condition for its age. The pages are clean and the glueing of the binding is fine.  There is some age-related yellowing on the upper edges of the page. The covers show some shelf wear and yellowing.

Weight 266 g
Dimensions 13,5 × 20,2 × 1,5 cm

Le Corbusier


McGraw-Hill Paperbacks, Reynal & Hitchcock

Publishing year

1964 /1947




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