Artistic Legacy of Le Corbusier’s Machine À Habiter

Author: Novakov, Anna and Elisabeth Schmidt
Novakov, Anna and Elisabeth Schmidt
This book showcases exciting new trends in Corbusian scholarship. The authors, an international group of architectural historians, draw analogies between Le Corbusier’s machine à habiter and twentieth-century political and social movements such as Italian and German Fascism and the multi-national New Woman Movement. This book contains twenty black and white photographs and five color photographs.


“According to Le Corbusier, the modern human needed a cheerful and self-contained room, in which he could work in peace. His architectural ideas can be understood and a battle cry. . . .Le Corbusier compared the furniture of a house to prosthetic limbs; he understood the body as a machine, with an eye towards perfection.” - Ulrich Schultze, professor at the Art History Institute, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

“Significantly, six out of the nine international writers in this well-selected anthology are women. . . . The door is now open for all scholars of architecture, not just western men. The editors and writers have generously risen to the challenge of of Le Corbusier‘s legacy: celebrating the radicalness missed the first time around as well as reckoning with the dark side previously eclipsed.” - Dr. Stephanie Ellis, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, San Francisco Art Institute

Table of Contents

Preface by Ulrich Schultze
General Introduction
I. The Machine Age
The Architecture of the Well-Served Environment - Hadas Steiner
Towards a Sustainable Fusion: Car, House and City - Alex Wall
Moveable Immovables: The Interplay between Architecture and Automotive Design - Elisabeth Schmidle
II. Architecture and Print
Text Messaging: Eileen Gray’s Ville-Maison - Anna Novakov
Inhabiting Ideology: Quadrante and the paradigm of the machine à habiter in Fascist Italy - Maria Elena Versari
Una macchina per abitare? Modern Italian housing between Gio Ponti’s Casa all ‘italiana and Le Corbusier’s machine à habiter - Flavia Marcello
III. Visual Culture
Une machine à émouvoir l’homme: Art in the Purist Home - Christopher Pearson
Venice Hospital: A Study of its Urban Underpinnings - Mahnaz Shah