Le Corbusier: the visionary architect

18 August 2017

After the Baron Haussmann, Paul Delouvrier, André Pux, Jules Siegfried, Napoleon III and Jean Dollfus, Crédit Foncier highlights the role of Le Corbusier in the history of real estate during the summer. An architect and urbanist who profoundly marked the twentieth century, he is one of the pioneers of the "Modern Movement" and the founding father of the concept of housing unit.

After starting at the age of thirteen, he was trained as an engraver and then as a painter, at the Ecole d'art in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris Moved definitively towards architecture and decoration in 1904. In 1908 he met the architect Auguste Perret who taught him the technique of construction in reinforced concrete to which he will be attached throughout his career. He left Switzerland in 1917 to settle in Paris where he met the painter Amedee Ozenfant, with whom he amused himself by purifying the theories of purism, claiming to be the continuators of Cubism. Both founded the Nouveau Spirit, a magazine of art and architecture, in which Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris signed Le Corbusier for the first time.

"Le Corbusier continued to write all his life, articles and essays, some of which are among the most influential texts of the 1920s, the era of the Modern Movement, advances Crédit Foncier. After having conceived the idea of ​​the International Congress of Modern Architecture, the CIAM, which gathered in Paris in 1928, most of its confreres architects and town planners of the modern current, Le Corbusier decided to focus, the great depression 1929, on the problems of urban concentration. "

Le Corbusier is one of the pioneers of the Modern Movement, whose action developed in the 1920s, is defined by a refined style, with a return to minimal decor and geometric lines, by the desire to meet the needs of the " A practical and rational construction, as well as the use of new materials and construction techniques such as concrete, steel and glass.

"Eclectic, Le Corbusier drew on his curiosity, his many trips and his taste for many disciplines, architecture, town planning, decoration, painting, sculpture, literature, an extraordinary capacity for audacity and innovation, -he. Since July 17, 2016, seventeen of his works, including ten in France, have been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

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