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Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present by Andrew Ballantyne

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Unité d’Habitation

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Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), 1887–1965

Marseilles, France; 1947–52

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret grew up in Switzerland but left to work in Auguste Perret’s office in Paris, where he learnt about the potential of reinforced concrete before it was widely used. During the 1920s, under the pseudonym Le Corbusier, he made his reputation as an avant-garde architect with concrete houses. He was interested in the redesign of cities to meet modern needs, accepting the presence of the motor car and embracing non-traditional construction methods.

Le Corbusier’s model for the individual house involved raising it up off the ground, ...

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