Mary McLeod is a professor of architecture at Columbia University, where she teaches architecture history and theory. She has also taught at Harvard University, University of Kentucky, University of Miami, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Her research and publications have focused on the history of the modern movement and on contemporary architecture theory, examining issues concerning the connections between architecture and politics. She is co-editor of Architecture, Criticism, Ideology and Architecture Reproduction, and is the editor of and contributor to the book Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living (Abrams, 2003). Presently she is co-editing a web-site on pioneering American women architects for the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation.
This lecture examines Le Corbusier’s architecture and planning proposals from the1930s to World War II, examining in particular his projects for the Radiant City, Radiant Farm, and Algiers. It focuses on the relationship of these works to his political ideas, especially his involvement with a little known political movement Regional Syndicalism during the 1930s, which was part of a larger tendency in France during the period known as l’esprit des années trentes. It also considers his involvement with the Vichy government in the early 1940s and the projects undertaken under its auspices. More generally, it explores the transformation in his aesthetic approach from the white villas of the 1920s to the more rustic and regionally based projects of the 1930s and how this transformation might be linked to the changes in his ideological position during this period.
****All interested are welcome****