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Paris 1950, un âge d’or de l’immeuble

Simon Texier

We all know (by name at least) the architects of the period between the two wars and of the reconstruction, and then those of the stars of the end of the century: on the one hand Le Corbusier, Perret or Mallet-Stevens, on the other Portzamparc, Nouvel or Perrault. But those caught between these two periods remain somewhat in limbo. This book pulls them out of there, temporarily by focusing on a theme which at first glance can seem difficult: the Parisian building in the decade of the 50s. Presented like a dictionary, it has us rediscover Jean Ginsberg and Jean Dubuisson, and has us understand the new decorative importance of the basement (the space between the floor and the window), that of the post or of awnings. The fundamental question of size – up to what height can one build? – is looked at in particular in the articles «building line» and «tiers». In the regulations from 1950, the choice of building taller buildings without darkening the narrow streets below led to the hybrid compromise of raising the top part and setting it back, giving the buildings a pyramid-style profile …

Paris 1950, un âge d’or de l’immeuble, by Simon Texier, pavillon de l’Arsenal publishing house, 2010, 27 €. Do not miss: the exhibition at the pavillon de l’Arsenal, until 7 November 2010.

Paris 1950, un âge d’or de l’immeuble - Simon Texier

Review published in the newsletter #187 - from 7 October 2010 to 13 October 2010

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