Le Corbusier, Mies, and De Stijl
By (author) Richard Padovan
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Towards Universality by Richard Padovan
Book DescriptionThere is no shortage of books about Le Corbusier, or Mies van der Rohe, or De Stijl. However, this book considers them in relation to each other, observing how a study of one can illuminate the works of the others. Going beyond a superficial look at the end-products of these architects, this book examines the philosophical foundations of their work, taking as its central theme the aim of universality, as opposed to the individual and the particular. Each of these three aimed at universality, but for each this concept took on a different form. The universality of De Stijl and artists like Van Doesburg and Mondrian resembled that of the universe itself: it was boundless, going beyond the limits of the canvas and seeking to abolish the wall as the boundary between interior and exterior space. In contrast, each of Le Corbusier's creations was a self-contained universe within a clear frame, while Mies fluctuated between these two perspectives.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780419240303
(246mm x 189mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Spon Press
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The purpose of the study is to excavate the philosophical foundations of the work, rather than merely to describe the work itself. It looks for connections between the aims and ideals of the 1920s and post-modern concerns.
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Author Biography - Richard Padovan
Richard Padovan lectures at the University of Bath. He has worked as an architect in various European countries.
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