First and foremost, I’m a contractor and after reading his believe me, I would not have wanted to work on any of hist projects.
The saying that art is in the eye of the beholder definitely applies to Le Corbusier’s designs. His wife was right, they were bland and passionless. While he aspired to make living functional for the masses, he vision was clouded with his on narcissistic attitude. Any successful project requires a good working relationship between owner, contractor and A/E. In his case, that would have been an impossibility and then you have him ignored major construction issues with his projects: electrical, HVAC, roofing and plumbing. Throw in cost overruns and you wind-up with a disaster and yet he cared nothing of the problems. They weren’t his. If they weren’t his problems, then whose were they? And then there’s the man himself. His natural demeanor and egotistical approach to life is appalling. A known collaborator with the Vichy Government! For those who aren’t historically up-to-date, that makes him a supporter of the Nazi regime. That alone would be enough to not hire him.
Now, were some his designs ground-breaking? Yes and no. I depends how you define ground breaking. His quote masterpieces at Untied d Habitation and Chandigarh led to the greatest disaster to ever hit the US urban infrastructure-the projects. I wouldn’t want that on my resume.
Enough about the man, the review is to concentrate on the author’s work.
Anthony Flint does an excellent job in providing readers with a wonderful historical walk through Le Corbusier’s life and all the people he came in contact with that would accept his ideas and make him one of the most sought-after architects of his time.
Well done, Mr. Flint.
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美国亚马逊： 36 条评论
Interesting and informative
2019年2月5日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Major figure in 20th century architecture.
2016年5月10日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
The author of this breezy biography of infamous architect Le Corbusier acknowledges as much in his thoughtful summing up of his subject's mercurial life. Le Corbusier (the pseudonym of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris) was a Parisian architect born in a watchmaking town in Switzerland at the end of the previous century. He was brilliant, driven, creative, disruptive, frustrating, infamous, and, for better and worse, he left his mark on architecture and urban design all over the world. A quick internet search will turn up countless images of his more iconic works, from domestic spaces that presage the tiny house movement, to giant and brilliant apartment buildings that foreshadow failed urban redevelopments based on poorly understood imitations, to ground-breaking homes and at least two brilliant churches. His one original building in America is the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, but his influence on American architecture and urban design is both celebrated and vilified to this day. Anthony Flint endeavors in this brief and complex overview to indroduce Le Corbusier to the people who know little or nothing about him, but the book serves also to give a broad context to others seeking to know something about the story behind the buildings. Rather than give us a straight linear narrative, Flint provides chapters that capture themes in Le Corbusier's life, each based on a particular project (i.e. the Chandigargh city plan, or the United Nations building) or period of his life (such as his disturbingly opportunistic collaboration with the Vichy government of World War 2). So the chapters overlap in time, but create a layered impression of this very busy artist. And there is a lot to be said about him. A collection of his complete works runs to eight volumes and over 1700 pages. Flint gives us the highlights, and tries to capture a sense of who the man was, a young artist devoted to his difficult-to-please mother, to the world-renowned starchitect. And to that end, Flint succeeds out of proportion to the size of the book. Le Corbusier comes across as a lively and driven individual, arrogant at times, but modest as befits his Calvinist background. His devotion to a small cabin on the coast of France seems almost cozy and quaint. And yet some of his buildings are among the most monumental of his century. The story is compelling.
2017年10月9日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Interesting story. Well written and told.
Great book. Great edition.
2017年4月2日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
Great book. Great edition.