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Building Paris : architectural institutions and the transformation of the French capital, 1830-1870

Author: David Van Zanten
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Building Paris provides an overview of the various architectural services that collectively gave shape to the French capital during a period of explosive growth, from 1830 to 1870. In his analysis of the transformation of Paris during this period, David Van Zanten demonstrates how a succession of royal and imperial monarchs used urban projects as representations of their authority.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Van Zanten
ISBN: 052139421X 9780521394215
OCLC Number: 28888268
Description: xix, 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
Introduction --
1. The Quartier de l'Opéra --
2. The Government Architectural Services --
3. The Foreground: The Fundamentals of Representational Building --
4. The Background: The Fundamentals of Private and Institutional Building --
5. The Architects --
6. Haussmann, Baltard, and Municipal Architecture --
7. Churches and Historic Monuments --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Illustration credits --
Index.
Responsibility: David Van Zanten.
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Building Paris provides an overview of the various architectural services that collectively gave shape to the French capital during a period of explosive growth, from 1830 to 1870. In his analysis of the transformation of Paris during this period, David Van Zanten demonstrates how a succession of royal and imperial monarchs used urban projects as representations of their authority.

This study also chronicles the dissolution of the traditional absolutist political structures before the emergence of national consciousness and amid the splintering of state authority into an array of distinct and competing architectural services. Building Paris demonstrates, moreover, how private architectural enterprise, which emerged in this period, was accommodated by government institutions, and how it achieved dominance in the building profession by the end of the century.

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