Paris utopie

Yvan Christ

A granite lighthouse, 370 metres tall, on place du Trocadéro, for cures of aerotherapy (Bourdais)? A huge, inhabitable, elephant statue at the Bastille (Ribart)? A night airport spread over the Seine (Lurçat)? A helicoid ramp for cars to access the second floor of the Eiffel tower (Basdevant)? A 200 meter-tall ring road wrapped 200 times around Paris (Perret)? A highway under the Seine (Maymont) or a Centre Pompidou in the shape of an egg (Bruyère)? These are some of the crazy projects, and which obviously have never been carried out, which historian Yvan Christ had selected for his classic work Paris des utopies, published 40 years ago. This new edition, thirteen years after the author’s death, should be a source of good ideas at a moment when the Halles sector is being re-planned and Parisian habitat is being thought of upwards…

Paris utopie by Yvan Christ, Nicolas Chaudun, 2011, 216 p., 42 €.

Paris utopie - Yvan Christ

Review published in the newsletter #238 - from 8 December 2011 to 14 December 2011

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