The pavilion designed by Le Corbusier for the Philips Company at the 1958 Brussels World's fair broadcasted a landmark multimedia production. The nearly two million visitors who entered the pavilion were treated not to the usual display of consumer products, but to a dazzling demonstration of cutting-edge technology in the service of the arts. This totally automated spectacle consisted of colour, voice, sound, and images sperimposed in a curvilinear space of concrete, orchestrated by Le Corbusier and his colleagues into a 480-second program. Here, Marc Treib looks at both this collaboration and the significance of the Philips project. Achieving for the first time his interest in using electronic media as a synthesis of the arts, Le Corbusier worked with the filmaker Philippe Agostini, the graphic designer and editor Jean Petit, the architect/composer Iannis Xenakis, and the composer Edgar Varese, whose piece "Poeme electronique" was composed for this project. Treib explains the idea and development of the building design - based on the geometry of the hyperbolic paraboloid - and how this ambitious vision materialized through an innovative system of precast concrete panels, engineer
"Treib tells this story well and it makes fascinating reading. Le Corbusier is its main character, but not its hero." --Colin Davies, Architects JournalDalla quarta di copertina:
"Through this visually compelling book, a neglected building of Le Corbusier is brought to light as a stimulating, integrative interpretation."--Jean-Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Arts
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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0691021376