Anthony Flint (LF ’01), fellow and director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy , could be spotted quite frequently at Gund Hall over the past 2 years in the subterranean depths of Loeb Library Special Collections. He has been researching his narrative biography of Le Corbusier, and the official publication date is November 4. Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow explores the original star architect's singular journey of genius – his homes, his time in America (including his only building in North America, Harvard's Carpenter Center), his churches, his apartment buildings, and Chandigarh, India, the city he built from scratch.
While Le Corbusier is often derided for inspiring the blank walls, freeways, and towers in the park of urban renewal, there are lessons in innovation to be learned, Flint argues. Le Corbusier's super-efficient housing design resonates in today's trend of micro-housing, some fifty years after Unite d'Habitation, and he anticipated the scale of planning necessary to prepare for the explosive growth of the developing world's cities in the 21st century. In addition to regular visits to the GSD, Flint traveled to France, Switzerland, Italy, India, and Brazil to research the book.
His book tour includes upcoming Boston-area engagements:
- November 4 at 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith
- November 6 at 6 p.m. at the Boston Society of Architects
- December 9 at 12 noon at the Lincoln Institute
- January 21 at 6 p.m. at The Boston Atheneaum.