Le Corbusier Architecture Analysis

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Introduction Modernism is the revolution in architecture, of which Le Corbusier is the pioneer. In early 20th century, industry was overwhelming and economy was dominating, what was emphasized was efficiency, function and accuracy. With the development of urbanism, need of the residence for increasing population became an urgent problem. Being aware of what the era needed urgently was a completely new form of architecture, Le Corbusier put all his insight of such a style into the book Toward a New Architecture to inspire mainly the layman. However, his thoughts provoked large criticisms of being too emotional as an Utopian Socialist from Edwin Lutynes who was a leading historicist architect. Whether praise or criticize, all indicate that the…show more content…
Lutynes misunderstood a conception. Mass production itself will not lead to robotisem directly. Even the most nice handcrafts contain accessories made by mass production. What makes things worse is formalism or lack of humanity. From the historical view, mass production and efficiency are proposed to resolve the practical problems. Corbusier should be treated as an humanitarian with a spirit of historical materialism. He depicted his idea that modern architecture concerned about residence for common people. This was for humanity. Moreover, it is true that physical efficiency is not the sole test of a building. Le Corbusier is also in agreement. The same with what Lutynes said “Architecture, with its love and passion, begins where function ends”, (Whilhide 2012, 67) he was always trying to revolve the conceptual duality: ‘‘satisfy functional requirements’’ and ‘‘affect sense and nourish intellect’’. ( Frampton 1980, 152) At least, his was aware of such a conceptual…show more content…
Even though architecture is an art that has its own theory and language, without humanity it is out of the way. The conceptual duality must be a disturbing problem for every architect that what architect desire to express and what clients need. Residence is different from a chapel or a temple. It is a habitat influencing the dwellers’ mental state. A caring architect ought to make the architecture bring happiness to people rather than make a symbol of the architect’s ideal. An architect should keep updating the insight of temporary culture as well as persist the basic principles originating
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