Le Corbusier and Britain
Edited by Irena Murray, Julian Osley
Introduction by Alan Powers
Routledge – 2011 – 344 pages
Le Corbusier (1887-1965) is arguably the most influential architect of the twentieth century. Despite the fact that he designed no permanent buildings in the United Kingdom, more than any other individual he was responsible for shaping British post-war architecture.
Le Corbusier and Britain traces the growing awareness of work by this visionary figure in contemporary architecture journals and the popular press. Contributions by such prominent architects and critics as Edwin Lutyens, Herbert Read, Evelyn Waugh, Peter Smithson, Jane Drew, Basil Spence and Christopher Booker are accompanied by 150 illustrations, together with writings and drawings by Le Corbusier himself.
Also featuring the most comprehensive bibliography of British writings by and about Le Corbusier ever published, this book is an invaluable addition to the study of architecture.
"Critical opinion on this divisive figure is instructively represented in Le Corbusier and Britain: An Anthology, a collection of more than fifty texts assembled by Irena Murray and Julian Osley… The editors bring together several classic postwar essays as well as obscure but impressive writings from the interwar period." -- The New York Review of Books
Introduction by Alan Powers Part I. 1924-1939: The World of Tomorrow 1. Gordon Holt Mons. Le Corbusier-Saugnier 2. V.O. Rees Vers une Architecture 3. Harold Tomlinson Towards a New Architecture 4. Nora Shackleton Heald Towards a New Architecture: When Engineer and Architect Work Together 5. Edwin Lutyens The Robotism of Architecture 6. Miriam Wornum Houses – Ancient and Modern: A Home to Live In, not a Mansion for ‘Occasions’ 7. Frederick Etchells Le Corbusier: A Pioneer of Modern European Architecture 8. Hubert de Cronin Hastings Europe Discusses the House 9. P. Morton Shand and A. Trystan Edwards Le Corbusier Again 10. Nora Shackleton Heald The City of To-morrow: the Real Revolution Lies in the Solution of Existing Problems 11. Mrs Howard Robertson A Vision Realised: In a Country Villa Le Corbusier Proves his Theories 12. Evelyn Waugh Cities of the Future 13. Oliver P. Bernard The City of To-morrow 14. Frank Pick The Way of To-morrow and the Traffic Problem 15. Herbert Read The City of To-morrow 16. Herbert Read The House of To-morrow 17. Le Corbusier The Vertical City 18. John Summerson The Voice of the Prophet 19. Godfrey Samuel Radiant City and Garden Suburb: Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse 20. Le Corbusier The Crystal Palace 21. Le Corbusier The MARS Group Exhibition: the Elements of Modern Architecture 22. John Summerson Review of Le Corbusier & Pierre Jeanneret: Oeuvre Complète 1934-1938 Part II. 1940-1949: Building Upon the Canon 23. John Summerson The Poetry of Le Corbusier 24. Gordon Holt Corbusier 25. Le Corbusier The Future of the Architectural Profession 26. Colin Rowe The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa: Palladio and Le Corbusier compared 27. Le Corbusier Intervention during the Discussion on Architectural Expression by CIAM, Bridgwater, on September 13, 1947 28. Lionel Brett The Space Machine: An Evaluation of the Recent Work of Le Corbusier 29. Le Corbusier Address to the Students of the Architectural Association School Part III. 1950-1959: Architecture and Recognition 30. London County Council Architect’s Department Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation 31. Colin St. John Wilson The Vertical City 32. Frederic J. Osborn Concerning Le Corbusier 33. Various Selection of Speeches made at the Presentation of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Royal Gold Medal to Le Corbusier on 31 March 1953 34. Le Corbusier A New City for India 35. Reyner Banham Painting and Sculpture of Le Corbusier 36. Peter Smithson Le Corbusier Part IV. 1960-1969: Goodbye to the Giant 37. Basil Spence Our Debt to Le Corbusier 38. Walter Segal The Unknown Giant 39. Philip Powell and Jane Drew Le Corbusier: Appreciations 40. Peter Yates Le Corbusier: an Appreciation 41. Reyner Banham The Last Formgiver Part V. 1970-1987: Rejection and Reappraisal 42. Peter Allison Le Corbusier: ‘Architect or Revolutionary?’A Re-appraisal of Le Corbusier’s First Book on Architecture 43. Alan Colquhoun Displacements of Concepts 44. Martin Pawley A Philistine Attack 45. Peter Cook The Corb That Might Have Been 46. Louis Hellman Towards a New Look at Le Corbusier 47. Maxwell Fry With Corb in Chandigarh 48. Christopher Booker The Price of Le Corbusier 49. Phil Windsor How Wrong was Le Corbusier 50. James Dunnett The Architecture of Silence 51. Christopher Booker Corbusier: Architect of Disaster for the Millions who are Condemned to Live in a Concrete Jungle 52. Brian Appleyard Architect of Our Sky-High Life 53. Gavin Stamp The Consequences of Le Corbusier 54. James Palmes The Relevance of Le Corbusier Bibliography
Irena Murray is an architectural historian and Sir Banister Fletcher Director of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London
Julian Osley is Special Projects Librarian at the British Architectural Library