Art 105, 44911
December 15, 2013
Le Corbusier, was a man with many talents, he was an architect, author, and artist. Born Charles-Edoard Jeanneret on October 6, 1887, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. His mother was a piano teacher and his father work at a watch factory. When Le Corbusier was fifteen years old, he enrolled at a local trade school where he learned how to engrave watch cases. Le Corbusier had poor eyesight so one of his teachers encouraged him to become an architect instead of becoming a watch engraver. At the time there were no formal courses in architecture that would be available to him, his tutor felt that he should learn architecture by simply doing architecture. Le Corbusier was given the opportunity to work on houses of local wealthy people. Le Corbusier and a local architect which supervised his work, the design process and construction, helped him to get experience in designing architect. He was still learning, being a student in architecture he decided to travel.
Le Corbusier traveled to Greece, Germany, and Eastern Europe, where he was able to study first hand on the architectural of Islamic buildings, Medieval and Classical Buildings. He had a sketchbooks filled with drawing of buildings he had seen while he traveled. While in Greece and Italy Le Corbusier visited many ancient sites. Popular architecture in the Balkan and Mediterranean peninsula gave him a repertory of geometric forms, and taught him how to use the landscaping and the light as an architectural background.
Upon his return home, Le Corbusier began teaching at his former school in Le-Chaux-de-Fonds, around the same time of World War 1. During the years he was in Switzerland, he worked on theoretical architectural studies which used modern techniques. Le Corbusier usually focused on the object that he came in contact with. Le Corbusier began studying how an object took up space. He later saw that he could design geometric, stylized...