The City of Tomorrow and Its Planning
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The City of Tomorrow and Its Planning

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The great revolutionary architect's probing analysis of urban problems and their origins, and his bold solutions, which include the "Voisin" scheme for the center of Paris, and the more developed scheme for a "City of Three Million Inhabitants." Introduction. Foreword. 133 black-and-white illustrations. 82 black-and-white halftones.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Dover Publications (first published 1971)
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Complete and utter garbage. An affront to tactful urban planning, dangerously presented as a full realization and finality of rational design. The insufferable smugness, irrelevant pseudo-philosophy, and 37-page lionizing of the straight line as the "manifestation of liberty," are outrageous enough on their own, though they pale in sheer imperiousness to his militant arrogance that his own subjective views on urbanity and architecture are not only correct, but championed by logic.

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LC was craaazy, but I like it (although to actually live in his city would be a terrifying thing). Read in a rush for class. Will pore over more carefully later. (Wishful thinking.)

Interesting position on Urban Planning. Very socialist- imposition of a specific commonality and order in a city in order to create cleanliness, health, and social order. Follows the philosophy of environmental determinism.
Saiid Abdul Baqi
One of the first and still the greatest books about urban planning, Le Corbusier outdoes all of his companions in his deep conception of a modern city. This book is a great reference for all architects and planners.
Aug 08, 2007 Tye rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Research for the novel. This guy is crazy. The best professional manifesto you'll ever read by someone who hoped he'd get jobs later...A real pleasure.
thought it was okay, but was quite suspicious of it's poetic rhetoric with no real data to back anything up.
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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier; was an architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades, with his buildings constructed throughout Europe, India, and America. He was a pioneer in studies of modern high d...more
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