Le Corbusier and the Third Generation

Josep Maria Montaner 

European architecture went through major changes as a result of the Second World War, both as concerned the attitude toward the profession and the various positions taken in cultural debates. As the younger generation took over, there were also deep transformations. But even so, when things had gone far beyond the prior period, the figure of Le Corbusier continued to stand out. In the following article the author analyzes Le Corbusier’s late works, which were carried out at the same time as those of the young architects who would be the masters of the 1950s and 60s.

Like other «first generation» modern architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier carried out most of his work after World War II, which is also when he exercised the greatest influence over the young ar­chitects who began developing their work in the 1950s. These young architects were bom somewhere between 1907 and 1925, and are called the «third generation»...[+]

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