A Model’s Relevance
New edition of the highly praised and sought-after analytical review of Baron Haussmann's redevelopment of Paris from today's perspective
New edition, 2020
Text English and French
264 pages, 143 color and 345 b/w illustrations and graphics
25 x 30 cm
In cooperation with Editions du Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris
First published in 2017 in conjunction with an exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, this widely praised and much sought-after book becomes available again in a new edition. It offers an analytical review from today’s perspective of the French capital’s profound transformation during the late 19th century under the direction of Georges Eugène Baron Haussmann.
Paris Haussmann: A Model's Relevance explores and analyzes the characteristics of Paris’s homogenous yet polymorphous cityscape, the result of a lengthy process of changes and evolutions, even in recent times. Research was conducted at all levels to classify and compare roadways, identify public spaces, and organize the blocks and buildings according to their current geometry. For the first time, the qualities of the Haussmann model have been set forth to show how they grapple with the challenges that contemporary cities face.
Topical essays feature alongside rich illustrative material, comprising photographs by celebrated photographer Cyrille Weiner, site plans and maps, floor plans and sections, axonometric projections, and various graphics.
Benoît Jallon, born 1972, graduated from Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette and is a founding partner of LAN (Local Architecture Network) in Paris.
Umberto Napolitano, born 1975, studied architecture at Università Federico II in Neapel and at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette. He is a founding partner of LAN (Local Architecture Network) in Paris.
Franck Boutté, born 1968, is an architect and civil engineer and principal of Paris based engineering firm FBC Fanck Boutté Consultants.