Le Corbusier ranks among the most influential – and perhaps divisive – figures in modern architecture whose designs combined functionalism with bold sculptural expressionism. He has been both praised for the sculptural quality of his freeform living spaces and scorned for setting the stage for concrete social housing blocks thrown up in the post-war years. He built La Cité Radieuse in Marseille, a prototype for apartment units on a larger scale. During the 50s and 60s, he designed three other complexes in France that are an expression of Brutalism in architecture and are now part of the French architectural heritage.
Here are some resources to help familiarize yourself with Le Corubusier and his work:
- Le Corbusier and UNESCO
- Watch to learn more as Le Corbusier talks about Cité Radieuse, the vertical village, and catch Dali’s reaction
Conversational skills in French are recommended for this class.