Le Corbusier's Contribution in Climatic Architecture [chapter]

J. P. Michel Jacques
1990 1989 2nd European Conference on Architecture  
Architecture is not simply a platform that accommodates the viewing subject. It is a viewing mechanism that produces the subject. It precedes and frames the occupant'. Colomina, Sexuality and space, 1992. Le Corbusier seems to be a key contributor on this mechanism of viewing in respect of architecture and its production. One of Le Corbusier's more persistent ideas concerned the use of architecture to frame the view to 'the outside'-an idea that is acknowledged as a key aspect of the
more » ... t of the architect's thinking. How he constructed the drama of viewing of the occupant (or the visitor?) and where the suspense takes place is a sensitive phenomena. In his architecture up to a certain point 'the outside is always an inside' and 'to see is to inhabit'. But when the question of experiencing the view of 'horizon' is taken on a heightened subjective quality compared to other kinds of viewing, it becomes even more complicated. Le Corbusier's interest in visual and spatial concepts for his architecture is, of course, well known. The idea of this paper is not to represent those claims further. Rather what is given particular attention is the manner in which vision and space are tied up, in particular ways to be demonstrated as a mechanism of movement toward the infinity. To explore this issue the architect's conception of the horizon which is actually an infinite destination is discussed to some extent as the 'Infinity' -something that is 'always present, never reachable, perceptible but not palpable, single but infinite and represents the boundary of the human condition.'
doi:10.1007/978-94-017-0556-1_175 fatcat:lasjmazlq5hs3mh3rnhjbszx5m