Class Notes (837,998)
Canada (510,614)
Geography (806)
GEOG 217 (84)
Forest (1)


3 Pages
Unlock Document

GEOG 217

Le Corbusier • real name Charles-Édouard Jeanneret ◦ swiss architect ◦ one of the most hated people in urban design in the 20th century - personally blamed for a raft of urban problems, every mistake for urban design in the 20th century is somehow blamed on him ◦ "a house is a machine for living in" ■ stressed maximization of simplicity, rationality, efficiency ■ this minimizes chaos & disorder ■ decoration etc is a sense of dishonesty - a building shouldn't disguise how it's built ■ form should follow function ■ basic function of a building according to Corbusier is to enclose space ■ ex/ most business buildings ■ street design should be done with the goal to move traffic efficiently ■ machines are judged by how well they function, not how beautiful they look ■ redefining beauty by a sense of functionality • contrast between city beautiful movement and modernist urban design ◦ embrace of industrialization in modern design • Le Corbusier: "The Radiant City" (book) ◦ earliest comprehensive statement of his urban design principles ◦ argued good urban design is... ■ concentration of houses ■ high rise buildings surrounded by open spaces ■ this provides housing for the same number of people as traditional city layout however 95% of the land is not built (i.e. 95% is open space or streets) ■ large apartment blocks surrounded by parks ■ relocate services/shopping from street level into the buildings themselves ■ referred to elevators as internal streets, vertical streets ■ buildings would be dispersed throughout the city ■ había local concentrations, but throughout the city dispersion to avoid congestion in any one location ■ streets would be redesigned to be elevated freeways because that's the most efficient design to move cars from one place to another quickly ■ streets are not for pedestrians, only for cars • Plan Voisin for Paris ◦ Corbusier's design for rebuilding paris ◦ first, bull doze the shit out of the north bank ◦ fascinated with large scale planning and large scale visions ◦ fundamentally a top down approach ■ not consulting with residents of paris, just do what he wants ■ luckily parisian gov
More Less

Related notes for GEOG 217

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.