Rethinking the French City: Architecture, Dwelling, and Display After 1968

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Rodopi, 2008 - Architecture - 491 pages
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This book considers the post-68 French city as a prism through which to understand the contemporary world and France's specificity within it. The reader is invited to join in a series of exploratory strolls through texts, buildings, and neighborhoods, and thereby share in a process of discovery. Zeroing in on international architectural debates, a range of key Parisian exhibitions, and major urban design decisions in Paris, Montpellier, and Lille, Yaari unravels an often-acerbic French critique of both modern and postmodern positions on culture, technology, and the city. This critique--stemming from the competing claims of national identity, the ethics of architecture and display, and an anthropologically informed revision of prevailing views on the city--has sparked in France a passionate search for a third path, which the author proposes to term apr s-moderne. Breaking new ground in the field of French Studies through cultural analysis of the contemporary city, this study brings new insight to scholars and professionals in architecture and urbanism, and will interest all others for whom France and cities in general hold special appeal.
 

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Contents

ModernPostmodern
3
A Panoramic View 1981
11
New Trends
14
Framing the Debates 1980 TO 1982
25
The Autumn Festivals of 1981 and 1982
31
Loose Ends
44
Elsewhere Perhaps or the apresmoderne
49
In Closeup
52
The MNAM
200
The BPI
205
The IRCAM
208
Une ville faite de culture A city made of culture
209
Utopia?
214
Accessibles au plus grand nombre
217
CreationCreativiteProduction
220
TraversesTransversalite
224

Ghosts
63
19851995
65
Dwelling and Decentering
77
A Public Forum
88
Toward the troisieme ville?
91
Lieux nonlieux Places nonplaces
94
REGIONAL CAPITALS THE NORTHSOUTH AXIS
99
Montpellier
101
Montpellier 1990
102
Mediterranean Neoclassicism?
106
Montpellier LanguedocRoussillon Technopole 1988
113
Montpellier 2000
119
Port Marianne
121
Consuls de Mer
124
Richter
129
La Paillade
131
Montpellier Mediterranee Technopole 1998
134
Lille
143
Lille 1997
144
SMLEL
150
A Project 19851995
153
From CUDL to LMCU 19681996
162
LilleMetropole at the Turn of the Millennium
170
Metropole Transfrontaliere
176
European Culture Capital
180
A Visit
184
THE NATIONAL CAPITAL CENTER AND PERIPHERY LOOKING EASTWARD
189
Beaubourg
191
Le premier Beaubourg and Beyond
195
Modernities
229
ModernPostmodern
230
Apresmoderne
236
Display Wars
245
Soutifs Le temps vite Time quickly
256
Beaubourg 2000 and Beyond
262
Belleville
273
Belle ville 1998 2000
275
Architecture urbaine
283
Bellevilleuse 2000 2002
286
Struggles on the Left
295
Urbanite
304
MENDING THE MARGINS MIXING THE CULTURES
317
The Urban Park of La Villette
319
The Brief
324
Bodies through Space
326
Range of Display
332
Tschumis parti
334
Against Which Architecture?
337
The NorthSouth Anchors
343
CiteCitoyennete
347
EventCity
351
The City and the French apresmoderne
361
Notes
381
List of Figures and Credits
443
Works Cited
449
Index Personal Names
481
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About the author (2008)

Monique Yaari is a specialist of twentieth-century French literary and cultural studies. For the past decade, her research has focused on the contemporary city. The author of Ironie paradoxale et ironie poetique: sur les traces de Gide dans Paludes (Summa Publications, 1988) as well as numerous articles on contemporary French art and architecture, Professor Yaari teaches in the Culture and Civilization option of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.

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