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Le Corbusier in America : travels in the land of the timid

Author: Mardges Bacon
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this first major study of Le Corbusier's American tour, Mardges Bacon reconstructs his encounter with America in all its fascinating detail. Through extensive archival research and interviews, she presents a critical history of the tour as well as a nuanced and intimate portrait of the architect. Drawing on the methods of microhistory, she also considers how small ordinary events affect larger biographical,
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Genre/Form: Reisebericht
Named Person: Le Corbusier; Le Corbusier; Le Corbusier; Le Corbusier; Le Corbusier; Le Corbusier; Le Corbusier; LeCorbusier; LeCorbusier
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mardges Bacon
ISBN: 0262024799 9780262024792
OCLC Number: 43951828
Description: xvii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Le Corbusier and Transatlantic exchange --
Part I. Public performance --
2. Le Corbusier takes New York --
3. The American lectures --
4. Le Corbusier takes America --
Part II. The search for authorities and commissions --
5. The enchanted catastrophe --
6. Housing and the public sector --
7. The private sector --
Part III. The Transatlantic misunderstanding --
8. Le Corbusier's reaction to the "country of timid people" --
9. The "country of timid people" responds --
Part IV. Epilogue --
10. The consequences of Transatlantic exchange --
Appendixes: --
A. Itinerary of Le Corbusier's 1935 American lecture tour --
B. Itinerary of the traveling exhibit "Recent work of Le Corbusier" --
C. Le Corbusier's statement for the press, November 19, 1935.
Responsibility: Mardges Bacon.

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How Le Corbusier's first trip to the United States shaped his critique of the country and affected both his work and the diffusion of his ideas.  Read more...

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