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Le Corbusier, the noble savage : toward an archaeology of modernism

Author: Adolf Max Vogt; Le Corbusier
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1998.
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This revelatory study is the most unexpected and vital piece of Le Corbusier scholarship to appear in years. Adolf Max Vogt looks to the early, formative years of the architect's life as a key to understanding his mature practice, taking aim at such fundamental riddles as "Where did his design vocabulary come from?" and "How was his aesthetic sense formed?"
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Named Person: Le Corbusier; Le Corbusier; LeCorbusier; Le Corbusier
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adolf Max Vogt; Le Corbusier
ISBN: 0262220563 9780262220569
OCLC Number: 38295120
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: xv, 365 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I. "The Weight of Things" - Does It Count Longer Than the Name of Things? --
pt. II. A Hymn in Praise of Pilotis - and in Praise of Jean-Jacques Rousseau --
pt. III. The Fisherman's Hut and the Huts of the Crannoges --
pt. IV. The Swiss Lake-Dwelling Fever --
pt. V. LC's Early School Years and Their Dreams of Primary Origins --
pt. VI. Why LC "Knows" What Modernism Is.
Other Titles: Le Corbusier, der edle Wilde.
Responsibility: Adolf Max Vogt ; translated by Radka Donnell.

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This revelatory study is the most unexpected and vital piece of Le Corbusier scholarship to appear in years. Adolf Max Vogt looks to the early, formative years of the architect's life as a key to understanding his mature practice, taking aim at such fundamental riddles as "Where did his design vocabulary come from?" and "How was his aesthetic sense formed?"

Vogt's investigation of LC's early life and education not only reveals important, previously unacknowledged influences on specific projects such as the League of Nations headquarters and the Villa Savoye, but also suggests why LC throughout his career preferred to lift buildings above the ground, to give them the appearance of "floating." This tendency had decisive consequences for buildings associated with the modern movement and continues to influence architecture today.

By uncovering crucial dimensions of LC's early life and resurrecting primary documents and source materials overlooked by other scholars, this book changes the face of LC studies.

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