Le Corbusier

Poem on Algiers


The French original from 1950, for the first time in German and English



Po├ęsie sur Alger, written in 1942 and published for the first time in 1950: a self-mocking examination of thirteen abortively invested, work-intensive years during which Le Corbusier devoted himself to the drawing up of extensive urban plans for Algiers. Numerous additional plans followed on his first trip to Algeria in 1931. The architect dreamed of installing Algiers as the southernmost point of the cultural connection between the littoral states of the Mediterranean, between Paris, Barcelona, and Rome-as an “Islamic pole,” as he called it. The decision to publish his very personal and self-illustrated thoughts on a “plan directeur” for Algiers marks an important point in Le Corbusier’s development. The publication continues to provide multilayered insight into the inner life and world of thought of the pioneer of architectural modernism.

Additional information

Weight 170 g
Dimensions 11.2 x 17.1 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 6 August 2016
Number of pages 128
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Text by Cleo Cantone and Le Corbusier
Dimensions 11.2 x 17.1 cm
Weight 170 g


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