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Le Corbusier's Toward an Architecture: From the Bildungsroman to the Manifesto (lecture)

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2008
Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m. (lecture); 5:30–6:45 p.m. (reception with books available for purchase)
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Jean-Louis Cohen discusses Le Corbusier's noted work Toward an Architecture (Vers une architecture), first published in 1923 by Le Corbusier and reissued by the Getty Research Institute in 2007 in a new scholarly translation by John Goodman.

Le Corbusier wrote simultaneously as an architect, city planner, historian, critic, and "prophet," relying on striking images of airplanes, cars, and ocean liners provocatively placed next to views of classical Greece and Renaissance Rome to illustrate his ideas. His manuscript introduced an innovative theory of architecture and provided an account of the extraordinary journey he made through European culture beginning in 1907. Jean-Louis Cohen's insightful introduction to the translation includes new discoveries about Le Corbusier.

Learn more about the new edition of Toward an Architecture.

About Jean Louis Cohen
Jean-Louis Cohen holds the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. From 1998 to 2003 he led the project for the Cité de l'Architecture, a cultural center that opened in 2007 in Paris. Cohen's research has focused on 20th-century architecture and urban planning, with an emphasis on German and Soviet architectural cultures and the planning history of Paris. Through numerous publications and exhibitions, he has written extensively on Le Corbusier's work.

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Toward an Architecture