From the Publisher (Frances Lincoln edition, 2008). Le Corbusier's pioneering manifesto in which he urged architects to cease thinking of architecture as a matter of historical styles and instead open their eyes to the modern world. Le Corbusier wrote simultaneously as an architect, city planner, historian, critic, discoverer, and prophet, and he illustrated Towards a New Architecture with striking images of airplanes, cars, and ocean liners, provocatively placed next to views of Classical Greece and Renaissance Rome. His slogans—such as “The house is a machine for living in”—and his “Reminders to Architects” changed how his contemporaries saw the relationship between architecture, technology, and history.
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