I just read a little of what Le Corbusier writes in “Architecture: The Expression of the Materials and Methods of Our Times. To quickly paraphrase what he says, is throughout the last hundred years there have been so many technological and mechanical advances but, even with all these new resources architecture has yet to evolve. He claims that there is so much potential and that there are boundless resources presented to us now to allow this change but, we cannot change while we still cling to the past and the traditions that they represent. He believes that architecture can only evolve in a time of crisis and soon one will come to force us to use that potential that he knows we have.
This was written almost a hundred years ago from the time which I am reading it today. Has architecture changed since he wrote this like he believed or do we continue to cling to the past? I believe that architecture has evolved since then because, we are more knowledgeable now. Le Corbusier is a phenomenal architect but, he failed to realize that we did not have an unlimited supply of resources such as many others in his time. Today we understand that our resources will be depleted very soon which is our crisis that we are overcoming by evolving architecture. There is so much being organized around sustainable design now which is causing us to think about and use new materials and methods to stray from traditions that have placed us in this predicament. So architecture has evolved but, I don’t think it would have happened if we were not facing a crisis as le Corbusier suggested.