Architectural Studies

New Beginnings—Le Corbusier’s Vers une architecture

Le Corbusier, as Charles-Édouard Jeanneret retitled himself, published Vers une architecture in 1923. The book presents a compilation of essays he wrote that appeared in L’Esprit Nouveau, an avant-garde journal he founded in 1920 along with the painter Amédée Ozenfant and the poet Paul Dermée. The book quickly established him as one of the leading voices of modernist architectural theory.

We will read the sections called “The Engineer’s Aesthetic and Architecture,” “Eyes Which Do Not See: Part III, Automobiles,” and “Architecture: Pure Creation of the Mind”—the pdf to which the title above links should consist of just these three sections.

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