The Library's fall Research Fellow Anthony Flint will present his upcoming narrative biography The Raven: The Life of Le Corbusier, Maker of the Modern. The goal of the project to make the architect more accessible to a broader audience, and the lessons we might draw from him for the 21st century city.
In some circles in the United States, Le Corbusier is much derided, held responsible for inspiring urban renewal and failed public housing towers. At the same time, he is revered by generations of architects and architecture students, despite the fact that today fewer students are familiar with him. An entirely fresh assessment is underway, however, marked by the major exhibition at MoMA June 15-September 23 (and traveling to Europe thereafter). "I believe there are important lessons to be drawn that have to do with his process of vision and creativity, his methods for solving design problems, and specifically with regard to efficient housing," says Flint. "This is a major need in burgeoning cities particularly in the developing world, where hundreds of millions of migrants must be accommodated."
About the Author
Anthony Flint is a fellow and director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, author of Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City (Random House 2009) and This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America (Johns Hopkins University Press 2006), and co-editor of Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes (Lincoln Institute 2009). He has been a journalist for over 25 years, primarily at The Boston Globe, a policy advisor on smart growth for Massachusetts state government, and a visiting scholar and Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is a regular contributor to The Atlantic Cities, as well as The Boston Globe, The New Republic, GlobalPost, The Next City, Planning magazine, Planetizen, Citiwire, Architecture Boston, and many other publications; author of the blogs At Lincoln House and Developing Stories; and a curator and speaker at TEDxBeaconStreet and TEDxTampaBay. In 2013 he was awarded fellowships at The Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center and The American Library in Paris, to work on his next book, The Raven: The Life of Le Corbusier, Maker of the Modern, a narrative nonfiction account of the father of modern architecture, to be published by Amazon Publishing in 2014.Twitter: @anthonyflint. Author's Page on Facebook: Anthony Flint. Wrestling with Moses won a Christopher Award in 2010. Video at Harvard's GSD: Reflections on Jane and Bob: Presentation at Harvard University Graduate School of Design