Like him, lump him or know nothing about him, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris and his looming white and grey building blocks are here to stay. More often called Le Corbusier, he’s still hailed as the most colossal architect of modern times (which means you still got a ways to go, Frank Gehry).
He was born on 6 October, 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, which makes today ideal for learning a bit more about him, courtesy of his homeland’s national broadcasting service. Find a SWI Swissinfo docu-short detailing both the praiseworthy and odious aspects of his high-profile life spent city planning with sky, space, trees, steel and cement; in that order and that hierarchy (his words.)
Le Corbusier and his sense of squeaky clean rationality may have influenced skylines the world over, and he may have made ambitious plans to carry out even more stringent constructions; but at what moral, reputation-tinging cost?