Now the Museum of Modern Art in New York is favoring us with a big exhibition of the master’s work. There are many drawings and models, quite a few lent from the Fondation Le Corbusier. Most of these pieces can be seen in books, but not with the immediacy that we find here.
Unfortunately, the underlying premise of the MoMA exhibition linking the architect with landscape, is simply absurd. Although Le Corbusier was aware of the setting of his buildings, as every architect must be, he never celebrated nature. Instead, he regarded architecture as the triumph of culture over nature. Unlike his rival Frank Lloyd Wright, he had a horror of the traditional house, with its damp, insalubrious cellar communing with all sorts of subterranean dangers. In some cases he even hoisted his buildings up on stilts (pilotis), to separate them from the baneful earth.
I suppose the organizers had some vague sense of aligning Le Corbusier with the ecology movement. If so, they failed. He remains, however, the most influential architect of the 20th century, and for that reason the show is well worth seeing. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/arts/design/le-corbusier-exhibition-opens-at-museum-of-modern-art.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0