compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
by LE CORBUSIER was his own interpretative perspective of a solution to
provide an organism capable of housing the works of man in what was
seen as a machine-age society - in juxtaposition to Buckminster Fuller's
concept of Geodesic Domes and his own plan for OLD MAN RIVER CITY.
It was during the building of a model of a Vickers Wellington, as a teenager,
which first introduced me to the geodesic method of construction and I
suppose that's where the seed of an idea was planted for the eventual
creation of my 3 DIMENSIONAL MODEL. That seed was then nurtured
visually as a result of researching the juxtaposition of Leonardo da Vinci's
Vitruvian Man with Le Corbusier's MODULOR concept, whilst studying Art
at A Level GCE; and further refined by a mathematical understanding of the
works of Leonardo Fibonacci, as well as Richard Feynman's diagrammatical
representations of EINSTEIN's space/time/quantum theories; as a result my
'connessione ' with my father's own connection with the NATURE of his
allotment, where he grew sunflowers, which he had presumably first
experienced during the war in Italy, where he had already struck up friendships
with those who were to be the harbingers of plastic injection moulding for the
manufacture of classics such as the PANTON CHAIR.
It was, as a Christmas Present in 1974, that Linnie gave me a copy of
THE RADIANT CITY, following our return with Nicola, from our time
living on the mainland of the continent of Europe.
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Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Sir Howard Robertson, et al. with
Harrison and Abramovitz; comprised the T.E.A.M. who were
responsible for bringing to completion, the building of the
Headquarters of the United Nations in New York in 1953.
Completed in 1931, Villa Savoye is one of the most important
houses of the 20th century. A key building in the development
of the International Style of Modernism, it is one of the only
houses in France to have been declared a national monument
during the architect's lifetime.
The Lawn Road Flats – also know as the Isokon Building – was the creation of Jack & Molly Pritchard and architect Wells Coates. Opening on 9th July 1934, it was not only the first modernist block of flats in Britain, but also the home of notable émigrés, including Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer, designer of modernist furniture, and László Maholy-Nagy, head teacher of art at the Bauhaus school.