Le Corbusier carried a sketchbook with him nearly everywhere throughout his life. He jotted down everything that caught his interest—buildings, people, pictures, ideas, projects, objects.

Prior to this publication by Architectural History foundation and the MIT Press, Le Corbusier’s heirs, the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris, have zealously protected these sketchbooks, only making them available for scholars to examine in their Paris vault.

The first volume, shown above, covers the period 1914-1948 and includes drawings from the architect’s training, notes on his life in Paris and his first recorded thoughts and subsequent ideas on city planning, sketches from a Zeppelin trip to South America, his own critique of his Villa Savoie, the conception of the Unité d’habitation for Marseilles, writings on his Pessac housing project, the evolution of the Voisin Plan, and his evaluation of Villa Mandrot, often cited as the turning point in his architectural style.

We have the complete 4 volume set available here.