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Hardcover | Out of Print | 381 pp. | 7.1 x 8.6 in | 255 b&w illus. | October 1998 | ISBN: 9780262220569
Paperback | Out of Print | 381 pp. | 7.1 x 8.6 in | 255 b&w illus. | February 2000 | ISBN: 9780262720335
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Le Corbusier, the Noble Savage

Toward an Archaeology of Modernism
Translated by Radka Donnell


This revelatory study is the most unexpected and vital piece of Le Corbusier scholarship to appear in years. Adolf Max Vogt looks to the early, formative years of the architect's life as a key to understanding his mature practice, taking aim at such fundamental riddles as "Where did his design vocabulary come from?" and "How was his aesthetic sense formed?"

Vogt's investigation of LC's early life and education not only reveals important, previously unacknowledged influences on specific projects such as the League of Nations headquarters and the Villa Savoye, but also suggests why LC throughout his career preferred to lift buildings above the ground, to give them the appearance of "floating." By uncovering crucial dimensions of LC's early life and resurrecting primary documents and source materials overlooked by other scholars, this book changes the face of LC studies.


“Scholarly and witty.”—Richard Weston, Building Design


“Vogt has remained an outsider to the international ‘Corb-Mafia.’ This now turns out to be his strength. His approach is enormously refreshing.”
Stanislaus Von Moos, Universitat Zurich; author of Le Corbusier: Elements of a Synthesis
“I have rarely so much enjoyed a book on modern architecture. Vogt writes a very personal reflection on Le Corbusier, what made him into the architect he was, and through him what the Modern Movement was, and yet it is at the same time a timeless look at what creativity is in architectural design and architectural thought. This book may very well prove to be a seminal study for more than the history of architecture, but in that area it is definitely new, fresh, and delightful.”
Tom F. Peters, Professor and Director, Building and Architectural Technology Institute, Lehigh University
“Adolf Max Vogt’s book…belongs to an exceedingly rare kind of scholarship. The author manages to survey and synthesize a vast and wide-ranging literature on the historical origins of architecture, and to assess the neglected manifestations of prehistoric conditions in the theory and practice of building in modern times…The language of Vogt’s book has exceptional merit. He writes with great precision and argues with equal verve. His is a text larded with references and enriched by a lifetime of research…Vogt’s manuscript belongs to the best of Le Corbusier scholarship.”
Kurt Forster, Professor, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, Zurich