Le Corbusier is perhaps the 20th century’s most influential architect, responsible for persuading us of the merits of modern design on a grand scale. His work was at points hugely beautiful and accomplished, and at others, terrifying and extremely unhelpful. Our film explores Le Corbusier’s mixed legacy, and what we might learn from it for the future.
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“If the idea of being a ‘modern’ person and leading a ‘modern’ life still has an exciting ring to it, it’s at least in part down to the influence of an extraordinary Swiss architect Le Corbusier, who in the first half of the twentieth century wrote books, put up buildings and designed bits of furniture that conveyed the excitement, sleekness and glamour of the modern technological world. Le Corbusier began his career by attacking the architecture of the Victorian age – and contrasting it with what he saw as the beauty and intelligence of engineering. ‘Our engineers are healthy and virile, active and useful, balanced and happy in their work,’ he exclaimed in his polemical book, Towards a New Architecture (1923), while ‘our architects are disillusioned and unemployed, boastful or peevish. This is because there will soon be nothing more for them to do. We no longer have the money to erect historical souvenirs. At the same time, everyone needs to wash! Our engineers provide for these things and so they will be our builders.’…”


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  • You are Exceptional
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    Great channel and high level videos you make. Thank you for this work which is so uncommon on youtube. I'm not an architect but I have architects among my friends. They told me Le Corbusier's ideas were betrayed by those who claimed to apply them. His ideas of vertically integrated buildings included shops, amusements and parks, which should have brought well being. In order to reduce the budget of these villages within cities, governments and officials decided to rip off these "unusefull" acres of life.

  • Daniel Solis Rodriguez
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    5:51 if just he only went to moscow, he could se his dream being true, a country who uses houses as he designed 😥

  • Daniel Solis Rodriguez
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    i say, the costa rican presidencial house was "designed by Le Corbusier" plus i call it "The Grey Wet House" by only being so concrete and by stone, when many people hate it, because is another luxury

  • Soren Le Goff
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    Not a full profile of the man. Impossible to explain such a personality in 6 min. Much to left-wing an interpretation too. People conveniently forget his relationship with Vichy.

  • potemkin
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    It seems to me that he was using this functionality argument to rationalize and impose his perception of beauty, there is nothing less functional in the palace of versailles compared to the rotting and mossy cements of brutalist horror stories which are long abandoned in London.

  • The Voe
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    Those are the most depressing buildings I've ever seen.

  • Santiago Gonzalez
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    lecorbusier stole a bunch of ideas from Eileen Gray, He is a thrash architect, his ideas were based on urbanism, Eileen was the mother of industrial design and housing this designer just stole the chairs and houses Eileen already made. Beutifle how Lecorbousier died naked stalking Eileen and her wife on the lake beside.

  • derin
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    disgusting vision, great video

  • Lewis Hamilton
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    Sinister, vandal.

    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    i live in a city designed by him , Chandigarh, India

  • Adam Mistry
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    So this is the bastard that ruined architecture.

  • General Diaz
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    One of the worst tragedies that ever hit umanity

  • Richard Wilson
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    Beauty is the only useful thing.

  • rockin it !
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    Omg i love this

  • Elena Gunenkova
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    I adore Le Corbusier,

  • luis s.
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    I think this video is too one-sided and only shows negative aspects. Le Corbusier also had revolutionary ideas that shaped architecture positively in the long term, like using pillars instead of load-bearing walls to make large window façades possible. Also, his mindset of functionality regarding buildings changed when he was older.

  • Joni Zajmi
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    Please do make a video about Louis Kahn too!

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  • McCRDR
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    reminds me of the guillotine. designed to be a humanitarian way of carrying out capital punishment. but in the end, is terribly messy, and horrible.

  • Matt Marino
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    at 5:19 you show Pittsburgh and not New York, thank you for the shout out but it isn't NY 🙂

  • mi12no
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    4:30 "The City of Tomorrow and Its Planning" is actually from 1929, not 1925 or 1995.

  • Bob Juniel
    Posted at 06:58h, 18 January Reply

    Le Corbusier did not invent the Bauhaus, form follows function, and simplicity is strength. The Modular was his great contribution to architecture. Design proportions related to human measurements and aesthetics. This documentary fails to properly present the real contributions to architecture of Le Corbusier. Real estate developers and business men focused on one aspect, no extras, no embellishment, cheap unfinished minimal value for money structures unfriendly inhuman places. Save money and increase profits. Architects correctly interpreting Le Corbusier’s ideas have created some of the worlds best architecture,

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