RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 49326995 LA English. T1 The glass state : the technology of the spectacle, Paris, 1981-1998 A1 Fierro, Annette., PB MIT Press PP Cambridge, Mass. YR 2003 SN 026206233X 9780262062336 9780262562218 0262562219 AB "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 a rare opportunity to study a finite set of buildings constructed of similar materials, in the same time period, in a specific urban landscape, and with related ideological missions." "In addition to the structures of the Grands Projets - the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Grande and Petite Pyramides du Louvre, the glass greenhouses at utopian park projects at La Villette and Andre Citroen, and the Bibliotheque nationale de France - Fierro discusses the Fondation Cartier and two precedent structures, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Eiffel Tower."--BOOK JACKET.