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Le Corbusier studying architectural plans and a small model of building in his office, Paris, 1946.
Born October 6, 1887(1887-10-06)
Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died August 27, 1965(1965-08-27) (aged 77)
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier (1887 – 1965), was an architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. His career spanned five decades, with his buildings constructed throughout Europe, India, and America.

Selected works[edit]


Towards a New Architecture [1923], 1927, Log.
  • Étude sur le mouvement d’art décoratif en Allemagne, 1912. (French)
  • [as Charles-Edouard Jeanneret], with Amédée Ozenfant, Après le cubisme, Paris: Éditions des Commentaires, 1918, 60 pp; facs. repr., intro. Carlo Olmo, Torino: Bottega d'Erasmo, 1975. Outlines the aesthetic approach of Purism. (French)
    • "After Cubism", trans. John Goodman, in L'Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris, 1918-1925, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2001, pp 129-168. (English)
    • Depois do cubismo, intro. Carlos A. Ferreira Martins, trans. Célia Euvaldo, São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2005, 88 pp. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Vers une architecture, Paris: G. Crès et Cie, 1923, 230 pp. (French)
    • Kommende Baukunst, trans. & ed. Hans Hildebrandt, Berlin/Stuttgart/Leipzig: Deutsche Verlags, 1926, xv+253 pp; new ed. as Ausblick auf eine Architektur, rev. Eva Gärtner, Berlin: Ullstein, 1963, 215 pp. (German)
    • Towards a New Architecture, London: John Rodker, 1927, xix+289 pp; London: Architectural Press, 1946, OL; Praeger, 1970, OL; New York: Dover, 1986, 320 pp, ARG. (English)
    • Hacia una arquitectura, trans. Luis A. Romero, Buenos Aires: El Distribuidor Americano, 1939, 208 pp. (Spanish)
    • Verso una architettura, trans. Pierluigi Cerri, Pierluigi Nicolin and Carlo Fioroni, Milan: Longanesi, 1973, xlii+246 pp. (Italian)
    • Por uma arquitetura, São Paulo: Perspectiva, 1973. (Brazilian Portuguese)
    • Toward an Architecture, intro. Jean-Louis Cohen, trans. John Goodman, Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2007, xiii+341 pp. [1] (English)
  • Urbanisme, Paris: Crès, 1924, 284 pp. (French)
    • The City of To-morrow and its Planning, trans. Frederick Etchells, London: John Rodker, 1929, xxvii+301 pp. Trans. of 8th FR ed. (English)
    • Le Ciudad del futuro, trans. E.L. Revol, 1962; 2nd ed., 1972; 3rd ed., Buenos Aires: Infinito, 1985. (Spanish)
  • [as Charles-Edouard Jeanneret], with Amédée Ozenfant, La Peinture moderne, Paris: Crès, 1925, v+172+[30] pp. [2] (French)
    • Atarashiki geijutsu, trans. Yoshikawa Itsuji, Tokyo: Kawade Shobō, 1956, 172 pp; new ed. as Kindai kaiga, Tokyo: Kajima Kenkyujo Shuppankai, 1968. (Japanese)
    • Sulla pittura moderna, trans. Irene Alessi, intro. Gianni Contessi, Milan: C. Marinotti, 2004, 270 pp. (Italian)
  • with Paul Otlet and Pierre Jeanneret, Mundaneum, Brussels: Union des associations internationales, 1928, 46 pp. (French)
  • Aircraft, London/New York: Studio, 1935; London: Trefoil, 1987, 124 pp. (English)
    • Aircraft. L'avion accuse, Paris: Adam Biro, 1987, 150 pp. (French)
    • Aircraft. L'avion accuse, Milan: Abitare Segesta, 1996, 16+48 pp. (Italian)
    • Aircraft, trans. Carolina del Olmo and César Rendueles, Madrid: Abada, 2003, 16+80 pp. (Spanish)
    • Aircraft, afterw. Philippe Duboÿ, Marseille: Parenthèses, 2015, 176 pp. Includes French version reconstructed from the archives of Le Corbusier Foundation. [3] (English),(French)
  • Quand les cathédrales étaient blanches. Voyage au pays des timides, Paris: Plon, 1937, 325 pp. (French)
  • Sur les 4 routes, Paris: Gallimard, 1941. [4] (French)
    • The Four Routes, trans. Dorothy Todd, London: D. Dobson, 1947, 207 pp. (English)
  • with François de Pierrefeu, La maison des hommes, Paris, 1942, 211 pp. (French)
    • The Home of Man, trans. Clive Entwistle and Gordon Holt, London: Architectural Press, 1948, 156 pp. (English)
  • La Charte d'Athènes, Paris: Plon, 1943, 243 pp; Paris: Minuit, 1957. (French)
    • A Carta de Atenas, trans. Rebeca Scherer, São Paulo: IIUCITEC/EDUSP, 1993. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Les trois établissements humains, Paris: Denoël, 1945, 271 pp. (French)
  • New World of Space: Some Day Through Unanimous Effort Unity will Reign Once More in the Major Arts : City Planning and Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, New York Reynal & Hitchcock, 1948, 128 pp. [5] (English)
  • Le Modulor, Boulogne, 1950; 2nd ed., 1951, 240 pp. (French)
    • The Modulor: A Harmonious Measure to the Human Scale Universally applicable to Architecture and Mechanics, London: Faber and Faber, 1951, 243 pp. (English)
    • El Modulor, trans. Rosario Vera, Buenos Aires: Poseidon, 1953; 2nd ed. 1961, 225 pp. (Spanish)
    • O Modulor, trans. Marta Sequeira, Lisbon: Orfeu Negro, 2010. (Portuguese)
  • Le Modulor II (La parole est aux usagers), Boulogne, 1955, 344 pp. (French)
    • Modulor 2, 1955: Let the User Speak Next. Continuation of the Modulor, 1948, trans. Peter de Francia and Anna Bostock, London: Faber and Faber, 1958, 336 pp. (English)
    • Modulor 2, trans. Albert Junyent, Buenos Aires: Poseidon, 1962. (Spanish)
  • Entretien avec les étudiants des écoles d'architecture, Paris: Minuit, 1957. (French)
  • Le poème électronique: Pavillon Philips pour l’Exposition Universelle de 1958, Paris: Minuit,‎ 1958, 244 pp. (French)
  • La Voyage d'Orient, Paris: Minuit, 1966, 174 pp. (French)

Collected works[edit]

  • Le Corbusier: Complete Works in 8 Volumes, Vol. 1: 1910-1929, Vol. 2: 1929-1934, Vol. 3: 1934-1938, Vol. 4: 1938-1946, Vol. 5: 1946-1952, Vol. 6: 1952-1957, Vol. 7: 1957-1965, Vol. 8: The Last Works, eds. Willy Boesiger, Oscar Stonorov and Max Bill, Zurich: Les Éditions d’Architecture, 1930-70, 1708 pp. (French)/(English)/(German)

Selected essays[edit]

  • [as Charles-Édouard Jeanneret], with Amédée Ozenfant, "Le Purisme", in L'Esprit nouveau 4, Paris, Jan 1921, pp 369-386. [6]
    • "Purism", in Modern Artists on Art, ed. Robert L. Herbert, Englewood Clifs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1964, 58-73. (English)