Le Corbusier: Atlas of Modern Landscapes

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

  1. Edited and texts by Jean-Louis Cohen
  2. Introduction by Barry Bergdoll
  • ISBN 9780500342909
  • 30.50 x 24.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 406pp
  • With over 400 illustrations
  • First published 2013
‘Lavishly illustrated … a unique approach to one of the great visionary artists of the 20th century’ – Apollo
‘A formidable roster of academics and a first-rate selection of drawings, paintings, photos and models’ – Art Quarterly

Le Corbusier is often remembered as having been aggressively indifferent to the sites in which he placed his buildings and plans. However, new research reveals that, in keeping with his proposition that ‘the outside is always an inside’, all of Le Corbusier’s projects responded emphatically to specific geographies.

This book examines Le Corbusier’s relationship with the landscapes of five continents, in forty essays by thirty of the foremost scholars of his work.

His sketchbooks, letters and publications confirm that he was deeply involved with both optical and physical relationships to landscapes – in observing them, rendering them and building them.

Le Corbusier Atlas of Modern Landscapes

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 the Ronchamp chapel on an isolated hill in France, Le Corbusier created forms that responded to the horizons and welcomed them in.

Jean-Louis Cohen holds the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. His recent publications include Architecture in Uniform, The Future of Architecture since 1889 and Interférences – Architecture, Allemagne, France, with Hartmut Frank.
Barry Bergdoll is The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has taught at Columbia University since 1985 and has published monographs on key architects such as Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Léon Vaudoyer and Henri Labrouste, as well as the textbook European Architecture, 1750–1890.
Richard Pare was the founding curator of the photography collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture at its inception, in 1974, and has been a consultant to the collection since 1989. His photographs have been exhibited widely and are held in many major public collections of photography.