Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, LC2015 - Le Corbusier, 50 years later

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Architecture in Translation: Le Corbusier’s influence in Australia
Antony Moulis

Last modified: 13-11-2015


Abstract: While there is an abundance of commentary and criticism on Le Corbusier’s effect upon architecture and planning globally – in Europe, Northern Africa, the Americas and the Indian sub-continent – there is very little dealing with other contexts such as Australia. The paper will offer a first appraisal of Le Corbusier’s relationship with Australia, providing example of the significant international reach of his ideas to places he was never to set foot. It draws attention to Le Corbusier's contacts with architects who practiced in Australia and little known instances of his connections - his drawing of the City of Adelaide plan (1950) and his commission for art at Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House (1958). The paper also considers the ways that Le Corbusier’s work underwent translation into Australian architecture and urbanism in the mid to late 20th century through the influence his work exerted on others, identifying further possibilities for research on the topic.


Keywords: Le Corbusier; post-war architecture; international modernism; Australian architecture, 20th century architecture.


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/LC2015.2015.752


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