Towards Universality: Le Corbusier, Mies and De Stijl, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Towards Universality

Le Corbusier, Mies and De Stijl, 1st Edition

By Richard Padovan

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244 pages

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Description

There 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.

Reviews

'Padovan is crystal clear - this book is a little classic.' The Architects Journal

Table of Contents

Preface 1. The Open or the Closed 2. De Stijl's Other Name 3. The Furniture of the Mind 4. The Pavilion and the Court 5. Lauweriks, Van Doesburg and Le Corbusier 6. Mies: The Correspondence of Thing and Intellect 7. Figure and Ground 8. The Unchanging and the Changeable.

About the Author

Richard Padovan lectures at the University of Bath. He has worked as an architect in various European countries.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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ARCHITECTURE / General
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ARCHITECTURE / History / General