Le Corbusier
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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, or Le Corbusier, was a French-Swiss architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer and one of the pioneers of modern architecture. He was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Octobar 6th 1887.
In 1917 he moved to Paris and took on the name Le Corbusier. He was made a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades, with his buildings being constructed throughout Europe, India and America before his death on August 27th 1965 (age 77)



Over his five decade career, Le Corbusier designed over thirty buildings, including

  • Villa le Roche, Paris, 1923
  • Villa Jeneret, Paris, 1925
  • Villa Savoye, France, 1928
  • Palace of the Soviets, Moscow, 1931
  • Tsentrosoyuz, Mosocw, 1933
  • United Nations Headquaters, New York, 1949 - 1952
  • Chapel Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, 1950 - 1954


Le Corbusier was a visionary of modern architecture who had radical ideas. One of those ideas was that a house was just a "Machine for living", saying that architecture should be done with the same efficiency as a factory line. Le Corbusier was one of the first to use the brutalist style of architecture, and inspired others to begin embracing modernism. After the second world war, Europe's housing problems were worse than ever allowing Le Corbusier to put his urban theories into practice.


Through out his years Le Colbusier had achieved four diffrent awards.

  • Royal Gold Medal (1953) - This award is given out by the Royal Insitute of Brittish monarch and is given out for contribuation to international architecture.
  • Gold Medal (1961) - This award is given out by the American Insitute of Architects and is usally given out for recognition of significant work influencing the theory and practices of architects.


On August 27, 1965, Le Corbusier went swimming in the Mediterranean sea, against doctors orders. Later that day his body was found by bathers and by 11am Le Corbusier was pronounced dead. Doctors assumed that he had a heart attack whilst he was swimming. His funeral took place in the courtyard of Louvre Palace on September 1, 1965, under the instructions of writer Andre Malraux who at the time was France's Minsiter of Culture. Le Corbusier was burried next to his wife Yuonne Gallis.

Le Corbusier death had a massive impact on the cultrural and political world. People came in from around the world, even some of Le Corbusier's stongest critics.

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