Le Corbusier: A Life, 2008

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York

Published in German in 2020 by DOM Publishers, Berlin



“Weber’s admiring biography brings Le Corbusier to life, unraveling many obscure aspects of a man who was famously secretive and, though he wrote some 50 books, divulged very little of himself. . .[Weber] allows Le Corbusier to emerge as a fascinating if flawed human being.”

— Witold Rybczynski, The New York Times Book Review

“Full of provocative insights and welcome surprises.”

— The New York Times

“Both megalomaniacal and brilliant, Le Corbusier emerges from Weber’s mesmerizing pages in all his complexity.”

— Booklist, (starred)


The first major book on the life of Le Corbusier, one of the most influential, admired, and maligned architects of the twentieth century, heralded as a prophet in his lifetime, revered as a god after his death.

He was a leader of the modernist movement who sought to create better living conditions and a better society through housing concepts. He predicted the city of the future with its large, white apartment buildings in parklike settings—a move away from the turn-of-the-century industrial city, which he saw as too fussy and suffocating and believed should be torn down, including most of Paris. Irascible and caustic, tender and enthusiastic, more than a mercurial innovator, Le Corbusier was considered to be the very conscience of modern architecture.

Here revealed is Le Corbusier, the precise, mathematical, practical-minded artist whose idealism—vibrant, poetic, imaginative; discipline; and sensualism are reflected in his iconic designs and pioneering theories of architecture and urban planning.

This single-minded, elusive genius revealed; his extraordinary achievements and the age in which he lived.