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Task 7: Le Corbusier and his theories about modern housing

What is the main problem Le Corbusier has encountered when introducing mass-produced housing?

As a theorist, all theories has to start from scratch. At the time the idea of mass production did not exist and as a result it was an unusual idea to be accepted by ordinary people and the architects of his time. Looking at today’s designs, it is obvious to see that Le Corbusier has had a huge influence on his Modernism style

How does le Corbusier want to replace natural/ traditional materials in architec- ture?

Le Corbusier want to replace natural/ traditional materials in architecture with modern man-made materials in order to achieve the main goal of his theory “Mass Production Houses”. The existing materials at the time of his architecture practice were expensive, waste generating and unsustainable by today’s language in architecture. He proposed the use of cement, limes, insulated materials and steel grid-lines.

Do you agree with the statement: “A house will no longer be this solidity-built thing which sets out to defy time and decay, and which is an expensive luxury by which wealth can be shown; it will be a tool as the motor-car is becoming a tool”

The phrase (A house will no longer be this solidity-built thing) is not always the standard in architecture. The geography, topography and terrain of the location of the intended house, defines the fact the solidity of the design. In general the idea of abolishing the solidity of a house is more practical by many means such as minimizing cost, speeding the process of construction to shorten the schedules and provide a more sustainable building.

What is the Maison Citrohan?

The Maison Citrohan is a house designed by Le Corbusier in 1920 to bring his theory of “Mass Production Houses” and the phrase (A house is a machine for living in) to provide the basic needs and efficiant for speed and accuracy.

Have a look at le Corbusier’s plan for a University Quarter. What do you think about his approach?

Le Corbusier was not only an ordinary architect, he was an economist too but with an architect’s vision. His approach for a university quarter is to provide privacy, personal space and self contaminant environment for the student. This will enhance the overall performance of each student individually in terms of academic studies and deliver a land mark design with efficiency in cost. Today’s university accommodations are the best example of his approach.

Le Corbusier identifies Architectural Schools as collaborators in the process of creating a new architecture. Do you think that role has been/ can be achieved?

The true nature of architecture, is to evolve over times. The process of the evolution (by neutral) requires collaboration in order to create new architects. Without the collaboration of all relevant teams that associated with architecture, architecture will never be or achieve its objective and responds to the challenges in producing mar

Some of Le Corbusier’s Designs

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Structure of Villa Savoye

Some of Le Corbusier’s Designs Structure of Villa Savoye Section of Maison Citrohan Image source: Tech

Section of Maison Citrohan

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