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The Master Builders: Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright
by Peter Blake
Le Corbusier gave to modern design a sure and brilliant sense of form; Mies brought an almost Gothic discipline of structure; and Wright heralded a new and dramatic concept of space and freedom. Through this triple focus, Peter Blake provides a perspective on the entire range of twentieth-century architecture.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 17th 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1960)
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This book is an excellent introduction into the architectural theories of three great 20th architects: Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe, and Frank Lloyd Wright. I was amazed to learn how Le Corbusier designed high-rise apartment buildings in Paris "to stand (the) traditional French street up on its end: the street was now a vertical circulation shaft." Hence city parks become rooftop gardens, home gardens & courtyards become balconies. Everything in a horizontal city block was turned vertical ...more
This isn't the actual title of the book I read. I couldn't find any listing for "Le Corbusier:Architecture and Form" by Peter Blake. I think that the publishers split the book up into three volumes later. Though I'm not sure how Blake works up any enthusiasm for the other architects...This is my first experience reading a HAGIOGRAPHY...