Le Corbusier, who famously called a house «a machine for living,» was fascinatedeven obsessedby another kind of machine, the automobile. His writings were strewn with references to autos: «If houses were built industrially, mass-produced like chassis, an aesthetic would be formed with surprising precision,» he wrote in Toward an Architecture (1923). In his «white phase» of the twenties and thirties, he insisted that his buildings be photographed with a modern automobile in the foreground. Le Corbusier moved beyond the theoretical in 1936, entering (with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret) an automobile design competition, submitting plans for «a minimalist vehicle for maximum functionality,» the Voiture Minimum. Despite Le Corbusiers energetic promotion of his design to several important automakers, the Voiture Minimum was never mass-produced. This book is the first to tell the full and true story of Le Corbusiers adventure in automobile design.
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