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Towards universality : Le Corbusier, Mies, and De Stijl

Author: Richard Padovan
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
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Examining Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and De Stijl in relation to each other, this study excavates the philosophical foundations of the work and looks for connections between the aims and ideals of the 1920s and postmodern concerns.
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Named Person: Le Corbusier; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Le Corbusier; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Le Corbusier.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Padovan
ISBN: 0419240306 9780419240303 0415259622 9780415259620
OCLC Number: 45873702
Description: xii, 237 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: The Open or the Closed De Stijl and Le Corbusier --
De Stijl and architecture --
An art of destruction --
Mondrian: evolution from the individual-natural to the universal-abstract --
Van Doesburg: the goal of history, and four-dimensionality --
Giedion's 'authorized history' of the modern movement --
Rietveld: architecture as the construction of reality --
The Schroder house --
The De Stijl house as a fragment of a continuous city --
De Stijl openness versus the increasingly private future --
Le Corbusier: spatial interpenetration and the new spirit --
Le Corbusier's ordered compartmentation of space and time --
The tree and the semi-lattice --
Purist containment versus De Stijl continuity and multivalence --
The role of the corner junction in architecture --
De Stijl's Other Name --
The meaning of words --
'Chinese, Greek and German philosophy' --
The way forward through architecture --
The way forward through mathematics --
The necessity of proportion --
The Furniture of the Mind --
Appearance and reality --
Appearance, reality and representation --
Representation as substitution --
The abstraction of function --
Van der Leck and Mondrian: abstract painting versus concrete architecture --
Gerrit Rietveld, furniture maker --
Donald Judd: both particular and general --
The Pavilion and the Court --
Encounters --
Three house projects --
Tent and pavilion --
Romanticism and the pavilion system --
Le Corbusier, classical architect --
Van Doesburg's architectural programme --
Standardization --
The Schroder house, Utrecht, 1924.
Responsibility: Richard Padovan.
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This volume does not treat Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe or De Stijl as separate subjects but, rather, sees them in relation to each other. The book's central theme is the striving for universality  Read more...

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'Padovan is crystal clear - this book is a little classic.' The Architects Journal

 
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