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Charles-Édouard Jeanneret

Born: 1887 AD
Died: 1965 AD

1887 – Born on the 6th of October, in La Chaux-de-Fonds.


1907-0911 – He left home as a young man and developed many of his ideas during his travels through Europe.


– He traveled in the Balkans, Greece, Asia Minor, and Italy.


1916 – His system of geometric proportion, first used in villa and expounded in two books, Le Modulor I and Le Modulor II.


1915 – A series of architectural sketches made evident his new and radical approach to the technical and aesthetic problems of building.


1919 – He settled in Paris and his “Citrohan” model for dwelling houses expressed a need for new construction methods.


1920 – He also contributed articles to the review Esprit nouveau, which he had founded with Amédée Ozenfant.


1925 – Ozenfant and Le Corbusier published the magazine L’Esprit nouveau, which preached purist theories.


– He was in partnership with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, and they collaborated on the project for the League of Nations Palace in Geneva.


1927 – His competition winning design for the palace of the League of Nations was later rejected on a technicality.


1946 – He was invited to join the international group of architects who designed the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.


1951 – His most ambitious work was the design of the main buildings of the new capital of the Punjab, Chandigarh.


1957-1959 – His last major buildings were the Chapel at Ronchamp, one of the most personal and expressive statements by the architect, and the Dominican monastery of Ste-Marie-de-la-Tourette at Eveux-sur-Arbresle.


1965 – On the 27th of August. Le Corbusier died of a heart attack at Cap-Martin.