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The glass state : the technology of the spectacle, Paris, 1981-1998

Author: Annette Fierro
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"From the Gothic to the contemporary, glass has transformed the structural, formal, and philosophical principles of architecture. In The Glass State, Annette Fierro views the many meanings of transparency in architecture. Specifically, she analyzes the transparent monumental buildings that were built in Paris between 1981 and 1998 as part of Francois Mitterrand's program of Grands Projets. The Grands Projets provide  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: François Mitterrand; François Mitterrand; François Mitterrand
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Annette Fierro
ISBN: 026206233X 9780262062336 9780262562218 0262562219
Language Note: English.
OCLC Number: 49326995
Awards: Winner of AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show Design Awards: Scholarly Illustrated Category 2004.
Description: xvii, 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Paris, the Grand Projet --
Populist frames : Eiffel and Pompidou, again --
Cultural projections : the institutions of Jean Nouvel --
Symbolic structures : details between the Grande and Petite Pyramides --
Neutral enclosures : Perrault's Bibliothèque Nationale de France --
Epilogue : the discourse of details.
Responsibility: Annette Fierro.


A study of the technological, theoretical, and cultural significance of the transparency of the glass structures of Francois Mitterrand's Grands Projets in Paris.  Read more...
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