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Le Corbusier and the double message of the Conscious Inspiration

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2013 by eliinbar

Here is Le Corbusier’s thought-provoking quote, published in his book “Towards Architecture“, in the early 20’s of the last century

The iron and cement  during the last fifty years brought achievements , indicating the powerful of construction, but also architecture that its code is disrupted

? What was Le corbusier‘s message when he wrote this phrase

It is possible to interpret Le corbusier’s  message literally

Architects failed to take advantage correctly ,of new construction technologies that were developed at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century

I think Le Corbusier wanted to  send us a message bit different

:That is how I understand, le Corbusier’s message 

 Since its birth, the architectural bases itself on the guiding principles

    These principles serves the needs of the primary users, we all

?Where do we find the guiding principles

We finde the guiding principles in existing buildings

 Architects failed to take advantage correctly ,of new construction technologies because they did not base their new designs on Inspiring buildings

 Instead of learning the guiding principles that have evolved over the centuries, they choose to skip this legacy, and reinvent the wheel

 This architecture does not serve us

 I can suggest a name to Le corbusier’s message , I would call  it Conscious Inspiration

Here Is an interesting example , Le Corbusier has published in his book Towards Architecture

This example shows us how “Conscious Inspiration” works for Le Corbusier

Here are the four Conscious Inspiration steps, who led Corbusier to high quality and creative architecture

First step–  le Corbusier choose the right “Inspiration Sources” that empowers his vision,  guiding principles = Outlining guidelines


Second step– this is one of Le Corbusier’s first buildings. le Corbusier implements consciously the principals of the “Outlining guidelines” in a building characterized by periodical architectural characteristics   


Third step – le Corbusier develops his own personal design tools =five points of architecture / Maison Domino



Le Corbusir’s five points of architecture – Eliinbar sketches 2011

Fourth step- le Corbusier use his inspiration sources as the “Planning Process Generator”, he combines the tools developed and design high quality creative architecture, The building shown in the next image is a completely radical design compared to buildings which are being built at the time



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That is how you will get inspired…. Learning from le corbusier’s book -“Towards an Architecture” (1923)

Posted in buildings, public buildings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2012 by eliinbar

From Eliinbar’s Sketches 2012 – learning from le corbusier’s book… “Towards an Architecture”

Here is what Le Corbusier has to say

About “Architectural volumes” and “Preliminary shapes” ….

The quotations are from  le Corbusier’s book “Towards an Architecture” published in 1923

Le Corbusier’s quote about  the “Architectural volumes”:   “Architecture is the smart play ,Accurate And wonderful of volumes that are connected under the light”

Silos in Canada, from Le Corbusier’s book “Towards an Architecture”

Jean Nouvel Architect

C1 tower  Boulogne-Billancourt

France 2008-2011

From Eliinbar’s Sketches 2012 – learning from le corbusier’s book  “Towards an Architecture”….the “Architectural volumes”

Notice…. both buildings are Characterized by  basic volumes shapes,  this is Le Corbusier’s “Architectural volumes strategy”

Le Corbusier’s quote About  the “Preliminary shapes”;   Preliminary shapes are beautiful because they are read clearly….Architecture is not making any Longer simple shapes” 

Preliminary shapes” can be your inspiration and generate a planning process  that  enriches your floors plans design.

Look at next examples ….You can get an impression how the “Preliminary shapes strategy” is reflected in le Corbusir’s and Hejduk’s floor plans

Le corbusier’s typical “floor plan

for the “cite the refuge” –1929

John Hejduk’s   project for “One-half House” 1966

From Eliinbar’s Sketches 2012 –  learning from le corbusier’s book “Towards an Architecture”…. the “Preliminary shapes”

Notice…. both floor plans are characterized by Preliminary  shapes,  this is Le Corbusier’s Preliminary shapes strategy”

Is Le corbusier’s typical floor plan for the “cite the refuge” ……..  Hejduk’s inspiration source? 

Hejduk is not the only one that implements in his floor plans design the “Preliminary shapes strategy”  ….look at  Louis kahn’s  typical Floor plan….shown in the next image ….

this is Louis kahn’s  famous  National Assembly Building in Bangladesh

Notice…. the floor plans is characterized by preliminary shapes,  this is Le Corbusier’s Preliminary shapes strategy”

Louis Kahn architect

National Assembly Building of Bangladesh

  Typical floor plan….

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The five “HOWS” of the “Conscious Inspiration Method”  The ultimate inspiration methodology

1. How to filter out relevant Knowledge from the Web with abundance of information?

2. How to develop your own architectural Vision?

3. How to choose the right “Inspiration Sources” that empowers your Vision?

4. How to develop your personal Design tools?

5. How to use your “Inspiration Sources” as the “Planning Process Generator”, and design high quality and creative architecture?


“Conscious Inspiration” – to be inspired consciously….


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