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The Writer’s Almanac for October 6, 2017: After the Opera

October 6, 2017: birthday: Le Corbusier

It’s the birthday of architect Le Corbusier, born Charles Édouard Jeanneret in Le-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (1887). He was also a painter, a sculptor, and a writer. Le Corbusier was the pen name he chose when he started writing articles for The New Spirit, a magazine he co-founded in Paris in 1920. Le Corbusier collected his articles in his first book, Toward a New Architecture (1923), and it became a big influence on other architects. He wrote that “a curved street is a donkey track, a straight street, a road for men.” His other books include The City of Tomorrow (1929), When the Cathedrals Were White (1947), and The Modular (1954).

Le Corbusier said, “A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe and 50 times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.”

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