180 days in the East , Charles-Edouard Jeanneret

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“A hundred years ago, books and travel were the only means of getting to know other countries, and the time that you had to devote to these was much greater than we have to devote to the same aim today. The book, even a travel guide such as “Baedeker”, was an authoritative and inexhaustible source of information, while the journey itself was at a slow pace which brought you into actual contact with the human and material civilisation of each country. History, that is the rational narration of the experience of the past as apprehended by the present , was a comparatively recent and fascinating discovery on which a large part of education was based. For every young architect and artist the confirmation of the book throught travel was the most important vision at the end of the studies. This irresistible attraction  of history was also felt by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret when he finished his study of decorative arts at La Chaux-de-Fonds in the mountains of Switzerland and a passion for architecture had broken out within him.”

Panayotis Tpurnikiotis , domes magazine , September 2011

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Instambul: View of the Seraglio from Bosphorus 1911 

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Pompei , Carnet 4, p.99

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“To see the Acropolis is a dream one treasures without even dreaming to realize it.  I don’t really know why this hill harbors the essence of artistic thought.  I can appreciate the perfection of these temples and realize that nowhere else are they so extraordinary;  and a long time ago I accepted the fact that this place should be like a repository of a sacred standard, the basis for all measurement in art.  Why this architecture and no other?  I can well accept that according to logic, everything here is resolved in accordance with an unsurpassable formula, but why is it that the taste—or rather the heart that guides people and dictates their beliefs despite their tendency to ignore it at times—why is it still drawn to the Acropolis, to the foot of the temples? ….Why must I, like so many others, name the Parthenon the undeniable Master, as it looms up from its stone base, and yield, even with anger, to its supremacy?”

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier).  Journey to the East (Cambridge, MA:  The MIT Press, 2007), pp. 216-217.

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