I'd be interested to know what the popular opinion on Le Corbusier is ... and what this is based upon. This thread is partly spurred by the major exhibition currently at the Barbican in London (previously in Liverpool). If you've never heard of him, he was a Swiss-French architect who came to prominence in the 20s and 30s, as one of the main proponents of what became known as the "International Style", one of the main strands of Modernism which continues to have a strong influence on architecture now. He coined the often quoted phrase "a house is a machine for living in". This was the kind of thing he was doing at that time: Later in his career he developed a more sculptural and idiosyncratic style, designing stuff like this church: As well as his architectural work he had an interest in town planning ... proposing for example to do this to the centre of Paris: His Unite de Habitation: were a kind of prototype for the tower blocks built the world over in the following decades, although this mass-built stuff built by others in most cases ignored many of the features of Corbusier's original designs. He was also a tireless self-promoter producing many books and publications throughout his career. You can read a bit more about him here: http://www.time.com/time/time100/artists/profile/lecorbusier.html http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Le_Corbusier.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Corbusier and there's a thread about his project at Chandigarh in India here I'd be interested to hear what people think, especially those who have been to the exhibition. Poll to follow.