Le Corbusier, a 20th century architect, designer, and city planner proves that if you’re going to singlehandedly change the course of modern architectural design and city planning, it is best to so in a double-breasted suit with thick rimmed glasses. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1887, would later move to France and change his name to Le Corbusier- a pseudonym and adaptation of his mother’s maiden name.
Throughout his prolific and multi-faceted career which spanned five decades, Le Corbusier upheld an iconic sense of style and a strong compass of aesthetic ideals and societal beliefs which he applied to his work as an architect and city planner.
Le Corbusier is accredited with pioneering the movement of Modern Architecture alongside the likes of his American counterpart, Frank Lloyd Wright. This movement was centered around the notion of severing with the well practiced and arguably exhausted principles of classical architecture with aspirations of applying originality and ingenuity to the challenge of rebuilding society — both materially and ideologically — in the years following World War II.
Le Corbusier’s main ambition was to apply his modernist principals and architectural ideals to create affordable and innovative living solutions in the crowded cities of Europe, India, and the Americas. Working up until his death in 1965, Le Corbusier remained dedicated to his sense of style, innovation, and purpose; ever-seeking solutions to the problems and challenges he saw in society.
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