Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (6 October 1887 – 27 August 1965), known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now regarded as modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades, and he designed buildings in Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America.
In text, drawings, and photographs, this book analyses three projects and shows parallels and similarities. Inspired by Tolstoy's story How Much Land Does a Man Need?, it asks: "How much house does a person need?", thereby providing a pointed contribution to the current discussion on the requirement for housing.
Architect of Books shows that Le Corbuiser accorded great importance to books as an essential part of his output. Using unpublished archive material, Catherine de Smet traces the process by which these books emerged and makes it possible to discover the great construction architect as a book artist.
Part of a series of concise guide-books devoted to major Le Corbusier edifices, this text looks at the residence at 24 rue Nungesser et Coli at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, built between 1931 and 1934, and occupied by Le Corbusier from 1934 until his death in 1965.