Le Corbusier, The City of To-Morrow And Its Planning

It’s 12:15 AM and I’m dead tired from writing proposals all day. So here’s a quote from Le Corbusier’s ‘The City of To-Morrow And Its Planning’ that I found especially profound.

We prefer Bach to Wagner, and the spirit which inspired the Parthenon to that which created the cathedral… This modern sentiment is a spirit of geometry, a spirit of construction and synthesis. Exactitude and order are its essential condition… Our trend is towards higher and more impartial gratifications, by reason of the mathematical spirit which inspires us; we can create in a detached and pure manner. Such are the epochs which we call classical.

Safe to say, after Hans Bellmer and Jasper Johns I’m beginning to find the wild world of urban planning and architecture to be strangely attractive. A lot of that stuff is like mathematical physics of the most abstract kind. I guess it can’t be helped. They all strive toward some manipulation of space. One with vectors, the other with human life.

Lately, no matter where my eyes turn toward to I see artscience in birthpain.


3 thoughts on “Le Corbusier, The City of To-Morrow And Its Planning

  1. “Talking” too much, Wagner says too less.
    The building process lasting decades or even centuries, we might say that that’s the explanation for their composite style; but it’s something much more important: the religion.
    Greeks had a simple and cerebral religion, with deities who love, hate, cheat, run wild, gods who could be beared down… gods like human being.
    Medievals were confused in science, in religion – by the admisture of attainments, conceptions that were not segregated yet.
    Best regards,
    Dan, http://danmihalache.wordpress.com

    • That’s a very interesting view. Greeks certainly had a very cerebral religion; or rather, they had a very cerebral approach to religion. While I agree that the Medievals were confused in sciences and religion, I must say that certain degree of confusion in those topics were present in all places and stages of human civilization, not specific to the Medieval age, as one might think from looking at the cult of Pythagoras.

  2. The building process OF THE CATHEDRALS, I MEAN, lasted decades; and I didn’t chose wel the word: not “segregated” but “agglutination”.
    and, yes: confusion existed, exists and will ever exist (I’d have to do a complete conjugation). But there were periods (not only Pericle; I’d like to mention Hatshepsut but mainly Akhenaten with his Tell el Amarna “miracle”; a great personality combined with absolute power lead to evanescence of confusion: living in a comunist country I could see Ceausescu building the bigest constuction in Europe, cutting large boulevards – becouse there were not problems of private property, costs and so on; the same with Louis “The Sun” in France, and nowaday in China, North Korea).
    Brightness and clarity are neither good nor bed. They are a fact. Albert Einstein said:
    “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

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