Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (aka Le Corbusier or Corbu), the famed Swiss/French architect, urban planner, and design theorist, exclaimed: “To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects”.
Looking at and experiencing Los Angeles personally in our era of time, it is hard to imagine function and objects, or Space/Light/Order working together as we collectively sit in gridlock on one of Greater Los Angeles’ myriad number of freeways. Architects facilitate the construction of forms and shapes to make things hold together. If those forms and shapes are well designed, then the architecture will “move us.” With the scale that is Greater Los Angeles, and the pattern of movement through this giant megapolis dominated by the automobile, it is hard to see the “machine” of architecture as Corbu did functioning as intended.
Le Corbusier was a visionary. He saw the potential of the modern city, after WWI in particular, as inextricably attached to the Industrial Revolution and the Age of the Machine. Le Corbusier developed planning ideas based on the foundation of three elements: Space/Light/Order. Le Corbusier wrote extensively of his insights to city planning within the maxim of “A house is a machine for living in”. Le Corbusier was a utopian thinker when most of the European nations and the United States was transitioning out of the Great War (i.e., WWI).
What are your thoughts on Utopia visionaries in general and in particular trying to apply their beliefs to Greater Los Angeles of the early 21st-Century?