Through close reading of Le Corbusier's publications that explore his proposed architectural modernism preceding the appearance of the 5 Points in 1926 (many of which are conveniently collected in his popular book Vers une architecture ), the first results of CATTt analysis reveal a common issue with this application of heuretics and the CATTt Generator components as an analytical tool: instances of historical method invention will usually feature more than the 5 necessary CATTt component inputs: the inventor will have attempted to use (and document) many inputs for each component of the CATTt. This messiness underscores the need for Ulmer's search for common material in method production in order to simulate inventio: the processes of invention are obscure and thus haphazard, calling for a set of tools and techniques - a rhetoric – to serve as our guide to navigate them more effectively. These circumstances result in our need to sift through multiple CATTt inputs to best formulate the operative material in any precedent method experiment. The inputs are thus debatable. With this in mind, I propose one possible CATTt Generator input-set for the Five Points Towards A New Architecture to be:


  • [C]ontrast: Beaux Arts classicism

  • [A]nalogy: Machine Aesthetic – Form following function in engineering

  • [T]heory: traditional vernacular forms

  • [T]arger: architects and architecture students

  • tale/tail: 5 points




‖ Le Corbusier. 1923. Vers une architecture. Éditions Crès: Paris.