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Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect

Author(s): Malcolm Millais
Contributors: Malcolm Millais;
Subject: Fine Arts

Book Description

This is not a book for architects, but for all those that have suffered, consciously and unconsciously, from modern architecture and have wondered how it came about. This was largely due to one man, an architect called Le Corbusier.

For some he was a genius, but the truth is he was a sham, a fake, a charlatan whose only gift was for self-publicity. He was the most influential architect of the second half of the twentieth century; his influence overwhelmed the architectural profession on a global scale, who swallowed his publicity whole, and still hold him in awe. For the rest of the world, the mere mortals, his influence was disastrous, as traditional buildings were destroyed and replaced by featureless boxes of varying sizes, imposing a dreariness hitherto unimagined.

As usual, it was the poor who suffered most as they were herded into tower-blocks. These were often grouped into estates that ringed many towns and cities, which then degenerated into high-rise slums with all the well-known attendant social problems.

This book exposes the myths that surround Le Corbusier, detailing the endless failures of his proposals and his projects. These were due to his profound dishonesty, both as a person and as an architect. His legacy was an architectural profession that believed, and still believe, they were designing buildings based on logic, functionality and honesty whereas they were doing the opposite.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0299-4
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0299-6
Date of Publication: 01/11/2017
Pages / Size: 280 / A5
Old Price: £61.99
Price: £29.99
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Biography

Malcolm Millais worked in a professional design capacity on more than 100 built projects. He is the author of Building Structures: Understanding the Basics (1997) and Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture (2009), and contributed to Rethinking Modernism and the Built Environment (edited by Almantas Samalavičius, 2017). After research at Imperial College, UK, he was awarded a PhD by London University. He has taught at several Schools of Architecture and Departments of Engineering.