In The Press
Praise for the First Edition
"The most lucid and complete chronicle yet available of Le Corbusier’s achievement and (in the words of his title) the ‘ideas and forms’ which successively and cumulatively account for its significance. It is, then, as incise narrative … illuminated by penetrating critical commentary that this book excels"
-Times Literary Supplement
"This book is an admirable as well as well-timed introduction to Le Corbusier. In it much recent scholarship has been pulled together and presented in a lively account of Le Corbusier’s life and work... it is also a record of personal observation and synthesis by an informed and shrewdly sensitive author which will remain valid and fresh in the long term."
"William J R Curtis is the best architectural historian writing in the English language, and that alone makes this book something of an event. Unsurprisingly, Curtis has turned out what is probably the most comprehensive, well balanced and interesting narrative yet produced about one of the giants of 20th century architecture."
"As a study of the life and work of possibly the most erudite, probably the most gifted, and certainly the most disturbing architect of the present century, it is unlikely to be superseded."
-The Architect, Royal Institute of British Architects' Journal
"The most lucid and complete chronicle yet available of Le Corbusier’s achievement. This book excels.'
-Architecture, AIA American Institute of Architect's Journal
Praise for the Second Edition
Selected as one of 'the best architectural books of the year' by Rowan Moore, architectural critic of the Guardian.
-Rowan Moore, The Guardian, December 7th, 2015
"...a much expanded version of an earlier monograph..definitive, chronological, sumptuously illustrated... Curtis is ...balanced and inclusive, offering excellent discussions of all the Indian work, of many unexecuted projects, and of the vast influence Corbusier has exercised... I think there is no better introduction to the man and his work."
"Just as Le Corbusier is a 'classic' of modern architecture, Curtis's monograph is a 'classic' of the Corbusian bibliography. And with this new edition - substantially enlarged, both in text and illustrations - the book will become indeed the main reference for understanding Le Corbusier's contribution to universal architecture"
"his classic Le Corbusier Ideas and Forms published in 1986 and, for the quarter century since, the most thoughtful and complete analysis of the architect... There is still no better single source than William Curtis ...And that's why, architects, yes: you'll need to buy this new version"
"In the new, revised and updated edition of the classic 'Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms', Curtis goes beyond just documenting to delve deeper and deeper into the creative underpinnings of Le Corbusier's masterpieces... Many new photographs have been added, including some of Chandigarh taken by Curtis, who himself is an excellent photographer. ...What Le Corbusier did for the 20th century in shaping the world's built form, William J.R. Curtis does for Le Corbusier, become his master interpreter"
-Architecture plus Design, India
"It is a carefully considered book, based on extensive thought and study of the vast documentation, addressed to the advanced student of modernism... The structure of the book is very clear and the design and layout are thoughtful and sympathetic. Highly recommended."
"Le Corbusier, the Swiss architect who died this month, fifty years ago. His work, both the great and the not so great, is the subject of a fantastic new edition from Phaidon of Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, by the architectural historian, William JR Curtis."
"...an exceptional history and a spectacular collection of images."
"Impressive ...Any committed bibliophile should splash out on this new, seductively hefty tome. ...A succinct over-view of one mans' determination to change the world ...We are fortunate to have Curtis' considered critique to vouchsafe Corb's rightful place in the architectural pantheon."