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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Le Corbusier on architecture, living, art, drawing, beautiful, house, home, thought, philosophy and treasure.

29 Great Quotes By Le Corbusier That Reflect His Thoughts

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Le Corbusier was a Swiss-French architect who revolutionized the art of architecture. He was a prolific designer, painter and urban planner counted among the primitive modern-day architectures. He designed his first house at the age of 20 which motivated him to pursue architecture as a career. He moved to various places working as an apprentice under many famous architects to enhance his intellect. These apprentices helped him derive numerous architectural findings including the five points of architecture. These findings proved to have a huge significance in modern architecture. These also helped him to create various architectural masterpieces. After returning to his hometown, he started teaching architecture while practicing these techniques to create villas. These experiences encouraged him to design well-planned cities where everything would be in order and which would fulfill all the basic necessities of humanity. He marked his prominence as an architect all across the globe. Following are the famous quotations and sayings by the icon of modernism, the man who changed the face of architecture. Take a look at the quotes and thoughts by Le Corbusier that will give a glance of his architectural brain. 

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.

- Le Corbusier

Architecture is the learned game; correct and magnificent of forms assembled in the light

- Le Corbusier

To be modern is not a fashion, it is a state. It is necessary to understand history, and he who understands history knows how to find continuity between that which was, that which is, and that which will be.

- Le Corbusier

A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times : It is a beautiful catastrophe.

- Le Corbusier

The truthfulness of materials of constructions, concrete, bricks and stone, shall be maintained in all buildings constructed or to be constructed.The seed of Chandigarh is well sown. It is for the citizens to see that the tree flourishes.

- Le Corbusier

Architecture is the masterly, correct, and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light: light and shade reveal these forms.

- Le Corbusier

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.

- Le Corbusier

Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.

- Le Corbusier

You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: This is beautiful. That is Architecture. Art enters in.

- Le Corbusier

Our world, like a charnel-house, is strewn with the detritus of dead epochs.

- Towards a New Architecture, Le Corbusier

The purpose of construction is TO MAKE THINGS HOLD TOGETHER; of architecture TO MOVE US.

- Le Corbusier

Light creates ambience and feel of a place, as well as the expression of a structure.

- Le Corbusier

The materials of city planning are: sky, space, trees, steel and cement; in that order and that hierarchy.

- Le Corbusier

Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity. It is for this reason that these are beautiful forms, the most beautiful forms. Everybody is agreed to that, the child, the savage and the metaphysician.

- Le Corbusier

Modern life demands, and is waiting for, a new kind of plan, both for the house and the city.

- Le Corbusier

You know, it is life that is right and the architect who is wrong.

- Le Corbusier

Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois.

- Le Corbusier

Life never stops. The torment of men will be eternal, unless the function of creating and acting and changing, living intensely through each day, be considered an eternal joy.

- Le Corbusier

The history of architecture is the history of the struggle for light.

- Le Corbusier

You don't start a revolution by fighting the state but by presenting the solutions.

- Le Corbusier

The present moment is creative, creating with an unheard-of intensity.

- Le Corbusier

The home should be the treasure chest of living.

- Le Corbusier

The house is a machine for living in.

- Towards a New Architecture, Le Corbusier

Architects everywhere have recognized the need of ... a tool which may be put in the hands of creators of form, with the simple aim ... of making the bad difficult and the good easy.

- Le Corbusier

Genius is personal, decided by fate, but it expresses itself by means of system. There is no work of art without system.

- Le Corbusier

To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.

- Le Corbusier

A house is a machine for living in.

- Le Corbusier

The city of Chandigarh is planned to human scale. It puts us in touch with the infinite cosmos and nature. It provides us with places and buildings for all human activities by which the citizens can live a full and harmonious life. Here the radiance of nature and heart are within our reach.

- Le Corbusier

Negro music has touched America because it is the melody of the soul joined with the rhythm of the machine. It is in two part time; tears in the heart; movement of the legs, torso arms and head. The music of the era of construction; innovating. It floods the body and heart; it floods the USA and its floods the world. The jazz is more advanced than the architecture. If architecture were at the point reached by jazz, it would be an incredible spectacle.

- Le Corbusier