The design process at Le Corbusier, case of the Ronchamp chapel

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Outmoune, Nadjat (1,2,3); Arrouf, Abdelmalek (1,2)
Series: ICED
Institution: Laboratory of architectural and urban phenomena modeling and studying (LEMPAU), University of Batna1,University of Biskra
Section: Design management
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ISSN: 2220-4342


This work falls within the empirical studies of design activity. Its project is to understand Le Corbusier?s designing way and how does he work and structure his design processes. Doing so, it jumps above the descriptive and doctrinal knowledge of objects produced by ?Le Corbusier? to study the actions and mechanisms that led to them.

To achieve its aim, this study uses genetic method, developed by P.M. De Biasi of literary origin, this research method is made of three stages. The first one, which is of empirical nature, is one of data gathering. It leads to the establishment of genesis tables and to the classification of the all collected documents. The second stage, makes the analysis of all the collected documents one by one. It allows the restitution of the creative process of one projects ?Le Corbusier? which is ?la chapelle de Notre Dame du haut de Ronchamp?. The last stage is finally that define the design processe of the this project.

The results show that the design activity of ?Le Corbuiser? obeys the overall logic of one generic model which may be called his individual designing style.

Keywords: Design process, Le Corbusier, Genetic analysis, Case study, Human behaviour in design


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