Charles Edouard Jeanneret, namely Le Corbusier was one of the eximious and foresighted architects of his era. As well as being an architect, he was also an artist, designer, writer and urban planner.
What arouses curiosity at the first glance about this Swiss-French architect is the way he educated himself. It is well known by the people who are interested in architecture that Le Corbusier did not receive a formal architectural education. The seven-month journey or as he call it “the useful journey” which he went through several European countries, Balkans and Turkey was his initial step to shape his perception of architecture. After all this adventure he made his barnburner debut with the book “Vers une architecture (Towards an architecture)”. In this famous work he comes up with the idea of modern architecture and rebuilts the objectives of it. He underlines that the architects have been concerned about how a building looks without having the same regard for how a building works. It is clearly stated that he concerns about unnecessary decoration and extravagance which masked architecture and distracted the designers from creating functional buildings. The functional or successful building of Le Corbusier’s was a building which serves to the needs and demands of people. He gave importance to the features of the structures more then ornamentation. After all, he achieved to make them look both eye catching and functional with his modern touches unlike the tradition addicted architects of his century.
What led this self-educated architect to think like this was mostly related with the changing life styles of new industrial age. In that times the population of big cities was increasing dramatically and architects had to built as fast and as much as they can to meet the needs of this ocean of humans. Le Corbusier was aware of this alteration and dedicated himself to spread the idea of purism.
- Le Corbusier by Prof. Dr. Enis Kortan
- The City of Tomorrow and It’s Planning by Le Corbusier
- Towards an Architecture by Le Corbusier