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Walking Through Le Corbusier: A Tour Of His Masterworks By José Baltanás. Thames & Hudson, 2005. 191pp.£24.95

This book springs from the simple, but excellent, idea of taking a systematic walk through a dozen Le Corbusier buildings: in some cases (Villa Savoye) Corb's explicit promenade architecturale; in others the logical route an inquisitive visitor would follow. Up to a point, the idea is well executed: there are clear introductions to the selected buildings, making Corb's own thinking clear, and well-sequenced photographs with fuller captions than usual.

The problems lie in the choice of 'masterworks'. Yes, Villa Savoye, the Pavillon Suisse, the Marseilles Unité (pictured) and La Tourette are here, but it's strange to find the early La Chaux-de-Fonds villas, the Kembs-Niffer lock and the Duval factory here when many more significant buildings have been omitted.

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