Illusion Architectural space Photography Le Corbusier Materias Investigacion::Arquitectura
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Naegele, D., (2016) ""Seeing What is Not There Yet: Le Corbusier and the Space of Edited Images"", En: Alcolea, R.A, Tárrago-Mingo, J., (eds.), en Congreso internacional: Inter photo arch ""Interacciones"", celebrado en Pamplona, los días 2 al 4 de Noviembre de 2016, (pp.262-273)
Le Corbusier (1887-1965) was both a great architect and a graphic designer par excellence.
Though he built only 62 buildings, he wrote 56 books, including 8 volumes of his renowned
OEuvre Complète, reports on himself that he published every five years beginning in 1929.
The OEuvre Complète featured photographs of buildings designed by Le Corbusier. Though
Le Corbusier, himself, did not take the photographs, he did select them, crop them, edit
them, and place them on the books’ pages together with other photographs, text, titles, page
numbers, and drawings. Le Corbusier understood that photography, rather than simply
picturing an architecture that was, could visualize an architecthure that could be. While
one purpose of the photograph was to document recently built works, another purpose of
the same photograph was to image that which was not there yet. Le Corbusier employed
several strategies that evoked new space in the photographs of his completed architecture.
This paper describes three: (a) the truncated pyramid parti; (b) the ‘built-in’ physical focal
point; and (c) anthropomorphic representation. It shows how images resulting from the
application of each of these three strategies became physically available in Le Corbusier’s