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Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier
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Feb 10, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended to Tim by: Tate
Read in March, 2008

a bit esoteric and socialist for my taste, but i spose i can still appreciate what Corbu is about. in a very broad sense, this manifesto is his urge to keep the pace of architecture at the pace of the rest of society's advancements. he points out the simple efficiency of things like grain silos, and how we strive to make our airplanes and automobiles as functional and streamlined as possible, but our houses haven't changed. where we differ begins with this statement:
"The house is a machine for living in."

other themes are things like being true to the time and purpose for which you are designing, and creating the new rather than making surface copies of the old.

it's a bit of a dry read, but if you're into architecture at all, Le Corbusier is a must
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