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Voiture Minimum: Le Corbusier and the Automobile

Antonio Amado
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011.
Language
English
ISBN
9780262015363 (hbk.), 0262015366 (hbk.)
Summary
"Le Corbusier, who famously called a house 'a machine for living, ' was fascinated--even obsessed--by another kind of machine, the automobile. His writings were strewn with references to autos ... In his 'white phase' of the twenties and thirties, he insisted that his buildings be photographed with a modern automobile in the foreground. Le Corbusier moved beyond the theoretical in 1936, entering (with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret) an automobile design competition, submitting plans for 'a minimalist vehicle for maximum functionality, ' the Voiture Minimum. Despite Le Corbusier's energetic promotion of his design to several important automakers, the Voiture Minimum was never mass-produced. This book is the first to tell the full and true story of Le Corbusier's adventure in automobile design. Architect Antonio Amado describes the project in detail, linking it to Le Corbusier's architectural work, to Modernist utopian urban visions, and to the automobile design projects of other architects including Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright. The story is supported by many images and documents, including architects' favorite cars, sketches and models of the Voiture Minimum, and copies of Le Corbusier's correspondence with prospective manufacturers."--Dust jacket.
Contents
  • Antecedents. The automobile in Le Corbusier's ideal cities ; Le Corbusier's obsession with automobiles ; Le Corbusier's Voisin Lumineuse ; Gabriel Voisin's machines ; Ozenfant, Jeanneret, and Perriand ; Architects who design automobiles ; Interwar automobile deisgn ; The inlfuence of aerodynamics ; Volkswagen, 'the people's car' ; 'An umbrella on four wheels'
  • Le Corbusier's Voiture Minimum. The SIA Competition ; The plans of the Voiture Minimum ; Modulation in the Voiture Minimum ; The Voiture Minimum in three dimensions ; The search for a manufacturer ; 1928 or 1936? ; Kurt Zimmermann's envelope ; Voiture Minimum, Volkswagen, Citroën 2 CV.
Description
xii, 351 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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