Geoffrey Baker continues his discussion of Le Corbusier’s work of the 1950s, presenting conceptual and developed technical drawings. Baker argues that Corbusier’s Jaoul houses are a response to post-war conditions of dwelling. Baker reivews various preliminary, abandoned schemes. He analyzes the site, formal strategies, and structural systems in relation to Corbusier’s other work. Baker concludes with a discussion of Le Corbusier’s work after the Jaoul houses.
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Geoffrey Baker outlines Le Corbusier’s post-war stylistic developments. He investigates the origins of Ronchamp, stressing the siting of the building and the site implications. He stresses the sense of directionality Corbusier explores with this project. He demonstrates that many of the formal gestures incorporated here appear throughout his work. Baker reviews the history behind the monastery at La Tourette, stressing Corbusier’s discussions with the monks. He analyzes the geometric organization of the project, and presents historical precedents.
Geoffrey Baker presents the first of three lectures in his SCI-Arc residency. He examines Le Corbusier’s early work, the influence of cubism, and his Purist work. Baker argues that these early experiments determined the course of Corbusier’s whole career.
Geoffrey Baker discusses Le Corbusier’s relationship to nature, and the order of form. He describes Le Corbusier’s belief in a harmony between man, nature, and the cosmos. Le Corbusier considered his architecture biological and used concept as an organic proportional system. Baker argues that the nineteenth century equated nature with ornament. Le Corbusier, however, emphasized deep and comprehensive inter-relationship of design and the geometrical structure of nature.