Le Corbusier lado B

11Oct12

14 Facts You Didn’t Know About Le Corbusier

  • by Vanessa Quirk
  • Architects Editor’s Choice Le Corbusie
 by Willy Rizzo. Photos © Willy Rizzo.

Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965) will forever be known as an icon of Modernism, but did you know that the man who changed the face of architecture led quite the colorful personal life?

In honor of his 125th birthday, take a moment to check out some Corbu classics (perhapsConvent of La TouretteRonchampVilla SavoyeUnite d’Habitation, or Villa Roche) and read on to learn more about the man behind the myth – CharlesÉdouard Jeanneret.

Fun Facts About Le Corbusier (including what Salvador Dalí had to say about him. It isn’t pretty) after the break!

 

Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, relaxing on the Shukna Lake on a pedal boat manufactured by Pierre Jeanneret, c. 1950. Photo by Sureh Sharma.

Things You Didn’t Know About Le Corbusier

  • After meeting Josephine Baker on an ocean liner to Europe from South America, Le Corbusier drew nude sketches of the famous actress.
  • While Le Corbusier married a fashion model by the name of Yvonne Gallis, he maintained a long-term affair with Swedish-American heiress Marguerite Tjader Harris.
Unite d’habitation, 1952. Le Corbusier’s first large-scale housing project. Photo © Guzman Lozano

Le Corbusier and Urban Planning

  • Le Corbusier’s plans for Ville Contemporaine, a series of sixty-story, cruciform skyscrapers (never built) included plans for rooftop airports so commercial airliners could fly between skyscrapers.
  • Le Corbusier designed the first planned city in India – Chandigarh. The layout was based on the plans he conceptualized in his book La Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City), which itself was an update on ideas for Ville Contemporaine.
  • Le Corbusier’s theories as an Urban Planner have been hotly contested, perhaps none more so than by Jane Jacobs: ”Le Corbusier’s Utopia was a condition of what he called maximum liberty, by which he seems to have meant not liberty to do anything much, but liberty from ordinary responsibility.”
Chandigarh, India’s first planned city was designed by Le Corbusier. Photo by diametrik – http://www.flickr.com/photos/diametrik/

Le Corbusier and Politics

  •  Le Corbusier’s famous saying, “Architecture or Revolution,” came from his belief that an efficient, industrialized architecture was the only way to avoid class-based revolution. His arguments would solidify in his book, Vers une architecture (Toward an Architecture) and culminate in his most famous work, Villa Savoye.
  • In 1934, he was invited by  Benito Mussolini to lecture in Rome.
  • In the early 1940s, Le Corbusier was given an urban planning position by the Vichy government to oversee designs for various cities, including Algiers. When his plans were rejected, Le Corbusier withdrew from political life.

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