Towards a New Architecture by Edward C. Carterette (Auth.)

By Edward C. Carterette (Auth.)

In 'Vers une Architecture', released in 1923, Le Corbusier equates the natural varieties of the desktop with the natural varieties of the Parthenon to demonstrate his view of structure as a question of mass instead of facades, and that machines are hugely architectural. First released in English in 1927, it's the so much influential architectural manifesto of recent instances.

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To-day, painting has outsped the other arts. It is the first to have attained attunement with the epoch. 1 Modern painting has left on one side wall decoration, tapestry and the ornamental urn and has sequestered itself in a f r a m e flourishing, full o f matter, far removed from a distracting realism ; it lends itself to meditation. A r t is no longer anec­ dotal, it is a source o f meditation ; after the day's w o r k it is good 1 to meditate. I mean, of course, the vital change brought about by cubism and later researches, and not the lamentable fall from grace which has for the last two years seized upon painters, distracted by lack of sales and taken to task by critics as little instructed as sensitive (1921).

PALACE IN AMMAN (SYRIA) But the sense o f the plan has been lost for the last hundred years. The great problems o f to-morrow, dictated by collective necessities, based upon statistics and realized by mathematical calculation, once more revive the problem o f the plan. When once the indispensable breadth o f vision, which must be brought to town planning, has been realized, w e shall enter upon a period that no epoch has yet known. T o w n s must be 5* T O W A R D S THE A N E W ACROPOLIS, A R C H I T E C T U R E ATHENS The apparent lack of order in the plan could only deceive the unlearned.

A R C H I T E C T U R E A CITY OF TOWERS A project for Apartments or Flats, built as towers of 60 storeys and rising to a height of 700 feet ; the distance between the towers would be from 2 5 ο to 300 yards. The towers would be from 500 to 600 feet through their greatest breadth. In spite of the great area devoted to the surrounding parks, the density of a normal town of to-day is multiplied many times over. It is evident that such buildings would necessarily be devoted exclusively to business offices and that their proper place would therefore be in the centre of great cities, with a view to eliminating the appalling congestion of the main arteries.

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