Item #8415 The Nursery Schools. Le Corbusier, Eleanor Levieux, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret.
The Nursery Schools
The Nursery Schools
The Nursery Schools
The Nursery Schools

The Nursery Schools. Notebook No. 3

New York: Orion Press, 1968. 1st US Edition. Small quarto, publisher’s ash buckram, spine and upper board stamped in blue, original illustrated dust jacket.

First US edition of Swiss-French architect Corbusier’s response to criticism of his high rise modernist residential housing typology, the Unite d’Habitation. Built between 1947 and 1952 in Marseille, the original iteration of the project–a part of his larger, unrealized Ville Radieuse–included several communal spaces such as restaurants, health centers, and notably, a nursery and school for children along with a paddling pool on the rooftop. During a 1955 symposium organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), members highlighted various drawbacks associated with "flat living," including a lack of play space and facilities, leading Corbusier to create this project. The book showcases children operating lifts, playing in partitioned rooms with blackboard panels, enjoying balconies connected to their rooms, and safely participating in activities and events on the roof (summer fairs, school celebrations, etc.). Translated from the French by Eleanor Levieux. Illustrated with over 100 black-and-white photos, drawings, and plans. Gift inscription to front endpaper, with top corner clipped. Price-clipped dust jacket with trace of sticker residue to base of spine panel. Very good. Item #8415

$100.00