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The City of Tomorrow and Its Planning

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In this 1929 classic, the great architect Le Corbusier turned from the design of houses to the planning of cities, surveying urban problems and venturing bold new solutions. The book shocked and thrilled a world already deep in the throes of the modern age.
Today it is revered as a work that, quite literally, helped to shape our world. Le Corbusier articulates concepts and
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 1947)
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A TOWN is a tool.

Towns no longer fulfil this function. They are ineffectual; they use up our bodies, they thwart our souls.

The lack of order to be found everywhere in them offends us; their degradation wounds our self-esteem and humiliates our sense of dignity.

They are not worthy of the age; they are no longer worthy of us. (Prologue - xxi)

I should have read Le Corbusier (1887-1965) long ago. I thought I knew more or less what he was about, but not at all. Not until I read his words did I unders
Feb 06, 2014 Michael rated it did not like it
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.

Le Corbusier's
Mary Soderstrom
Mar 30, 2015 Mary Soderstrom rated it it was ok
If you want to know what is wrong with a lot of cities today, just read this seminal work by the Swiss architect, Le Corbusier. Beinning in the 1920s, he championed completely rebuilding cities in order to separate cars from people, working places from residential space. At one point he proposed tearing down the centre of Paris, and rejigging it so that everyone lived in high apartment towers set in greenspaces.

His sketches of utopia are very pretty, and influenced a couple of generations of arc
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.
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Jul 05, 2011 Saiid Abdul Baqi rated it really liked it
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 it was amazing  ·  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.
Jun 17, 2010 Thorsten rated it liked it
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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