Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes
- Author Jean-Louis Cohen
Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, examines Le Corbusier’s relationship with the topographies of five continents, in essays by thirty of the foremost scholars of his work. The Swiss-born, Paris-based architect is often remembered as having been aggressively indifferent to the sites of his buildings and plans, but this new generation of research, analysis, and interpretation asserts that even the most generic of his projects responded to specific geographies. His sketchbooks, letters, and publications confirm that he was deeply involved with both optical and bodily relationships to landscapes, whether in an intimate suburban plot or against a dramatic horizon. This book spans his career, from his beginnings in Switzerland, as a disciple of the regional style sapin in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, to the creation of the new Indian city of Chandigarh; from touring Europe in his Avions Voisin automobile to mapping South America from the air; from inserting grand plans into existing urban layouts to setting a chapel atop an isolated hill in Ronchamp, France, revealing how Le Corbusier transformed territories into landscapes.