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Le Corbusier on Mass Production 1927

"A great epoch has begun.
There exists a new spirit.
Industry, overwhelming us like a flood which rolls on towards its destined ends, has furnished us with new tools adapted to this new epoch, animated by the new spirit.
Economic law inevitably governs our acts and our thoughts.
The problem of the house is the problem of the epoch. The equilibrium of society today depends upon it. Architecture has for its first duty, in this period of renewal, that of bringing about a revision of the constituent elements of the house.
Mass production is based on analysis and experiment.
Industry on the grand scales must occupy itself with building and establish the elements of the house on a mass production basis.
We must create the mass production spirit.
The spirit of constructing mass production houses.
The spirit of living in mass production houses.
The spirit of conceiving mass production houses.
If we eliminate from our hearts and minds all dead concepts in regard to the house, and look at the question from a critical and objective point of view, we shall arrive at the 'House Machine,' the mass production house, healthy (and morally so, too) and beautiful in the same way that the working told and instruments which accompany our existence are beautiful.
Beautiful also with all the animation that the artist's sensibility can add top severe and pure functioning elements." 
-Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture, 1927