This is a 2008 edition featuring a translation fo Corbusier's classic work translated by John Goodman and with an introduction by Jean-Louis Cohen. This paperback book is in very good condition. The cover is in very good condition, apart from slight edge and corner wear and minor marking on the spine. The page edges near the top of the spine have been marked by what appears to be the remains of red paint spillage, but this has not affected the interior of the book - the spillage has not stuck the pages at all and the marking is virtually unnoticeable when reading the book. Internlly, the pages are in excellent condition - tight and with no other marking.
Few books in the twentieth century drew as much attention as Le Corbusier's Vers une architecture (1923), published in English as Towards a New Architecture (1927). He urged architects to cease thinking of architecture as a matter of historical styles and instead open their eyes to the modern world. Le Corbusier wrote simultaneously as an architect, city planner, historian, critic, discoverer and prophet, and he illustrated Towards a New Architecture with striking images of airplanes, cars and ocean liners, provocatively placed next to views of Classical Greece and Renaissance Rome. His slogans - such as 'The house is a machine for living in' - and his 'Reminders to Architects' changed how his contemporaries saw the relationship between architecture, technology and history. This edition includes a new translation of the original text that preserves the design and compelling voice of the original, background notes on Corbu's concepts and iconography and a scholarly introduction that reconstructs the production of the book, the origin of its ideas and its reception throughout the world.