André Wogenscky

André Wogenscky was a French architect and Le Corbusier's assistant for 20 years.

  • Le Corbusier's Hands

    Le Corbusier's Hands

    André Wogenscky

    Le Corbusier's assistant and fellow architect remembers his mentor in a series of concise and poetic reflections.

    Le Corbusier's Hands offers a poetic and personal portrait of Le Corbusier—a nuanced portrayal that is in contrast to the popular image of Le Corbusier the aloof modernist. The author knew Le Corbusier intimately for thirty years, first as his draftsman and main assistant, later as his colleague and personal friend. In this book, written in the mid-1980s, Wogenscky remembers his mentor in a series of revealing personal statements and evocative reflections unlike anything that exists in the vast literature on Le Corbusier. Wogenscky draws a portrait in swift, deft strokes—50 short chapters, one leading to the next, one memory of Le Corbusier opening into another. Appearing and reappearing like a leitmotif are Le Corbusier's hands—touching, taking, drawing, offering, closing, opening, grasping, releasing: "It was his hands that revealed him.... They spoke all his feelings, all the vibrations of his inner life that his face tried to conceal." Wogenscky writes about Le Corbusier's work, including the famous design of the chapel at Ronchamp, his ideas for high-density Unités d'Habitation linked to the center of a "Radiant City," and his "Modulor" system for defining proportions—which Wogenscky compares to a piano tuner's finding the exact relation between sounds. He remembers the day Picasso spent with Le Corbusier at the Marseilles building site—"All day long they outdid one another in a show of modesty," he observes in amazement. He adds, speaking for himself and the others present, "We were inside a double energy field." And Wogenscky writes about Le Corbusier more personally. "I have spent years trying to understand what went on in his mind and in his hand," he tells us. With Le Corbusier's Hands, Wogenscky gives us a unique record of an enigmatic genius.

    • Hardcover $19.95

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  • Le Corbusier Sketchbooks, 1914-1948, Volume 1

    Architectural History Foundation

    Le Corbusier's buildings and writings are widely considered the most important testimony of twentieth-century architecture. No estimate of the architect's genius can be made without reference to the sketchbooks that he carried with him throughout his life.

    In the sketchbooks Le Corbusier drew what he saw around him and recorded his ideas touching on art, architecture, people, and places—ideas that are poetic, at times whimsical, and often startling. The sketchbooks provide an intimate view of his mind and will give a new dimension to our understanding the great architect.

    When considering a new project, the architect often referred to his notations, even those made years before; and the travel sketchbooks were a perennial source of inspiration as well as a record of his own self-critique. In their revelation of the creative process, the sketchbooks are an important aid to methodological and psychological study. They are remarkable for the powerful immediacy of the drawings. In addition, the details of Le Corbusier's architectural production are of enormous historical value. Le Corbusier carefully preserved these documents and selected a special group of them for publication.

    • Hardcover $210.00