[quote=George;3943603]Firstly, Le Corbusier wasn't the first architect to advocate the removal of ostentation. Loos did it before him and there were others before Loos.
I never stated he was the first - far from it - the secessionists, shakers, etc. were aeons before him.
The rest can obviously be debated round and round...not necessarily my desire to do so, just came to the defense of a pivotal figure of modernism.You
may not like ostentation/decoration, but unfortunately, a great many do
A great many fools are attracted to decoration on anything they can get their hands on. It can serve as a great deviator of functionality in purposeful design. I happen to adore any design or architectural period if it is done well, be it Victorian Beaux Arts, or Minimalism. I gravitate toward the dialogue between and find that's where a harmony exists.
Architecture is not like a picture on a an art gallery wall, that can be taken down if it offends, it can be there for decades, blighting the lives of those who live amongst it.
This is a good point, and a specific duty of Architecture where civic functionality or duty is mostly overlooked.
Corbusier the Civic totalitarian planner? clearly, no. The Architect, Artist, Designer? Absolutely.
Much of his ideology of living systems and the home as a machine, are amazing visions of the functional domesticity we enjoy today.
Let us feast ourselves once more on this vision: