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Le Corbusier Quotes


Le Corbusier, born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, was a French architect originally from Switzerland.
(1887 - 1965)

A house is a machine for living in.
 

A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe and 50 times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.
 

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.
 

Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity. It is for this reason that these are beautiful forms, the most beautiful forms. Everybody is agreed to that, the child, the savage and the metaphysician.
 

Genius is personal, decided by fate, but it expresses itself by means of system. There is no work of art without system.
 

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.
 

It is a question of building which is at the root of the social unrest of today: architecture or revolution.
 

Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan, both for the house and the city.
 

Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
 

The "styles" are a lie.
 

The age of personal statues is gone.
 

The home should be the treasure chest of living.
 

The materials of city planning are sky, space, trees, steel and cement in that order and in that hierarchy.
 

The present moment is creative, creating with an unheard-of intensity.
 

To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.
 

You know, it is life that is right and the architect who is wrong.