Tuesday, May 19, 2009

jour no. 20 - Haussmann, pro or con?

"For all Haussmann's massive public works, the salient feature of his new Paris was the apartment building. His standardized block, running for hundreds of unbroken meters down the new boulevards, was both an extrapolation of Napoleon I's Rue de Rivoli and a product of the new industrial age.... The overall intent was that the visual impact should be that of the street rather than of the individual building."

{From Seven Ages of Paris, by Alistair Horne}

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