Modern City and the Urban Experience

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CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU: Modern city and the urban experience, From Haussmann to Piano and Rogers; This essay is an analysis on how modernity can coexist and even aggregate value to a traditional and consolidated setting. The main question is how the Centre Georges Pompidou, a high-tech building, relates to its surroundings, an urban context designed by Haussmann in the late 19th century, over one hundred years prior to this contemporary design. Contents: INTRODUCTION I – History of Urban Development in Paris; II – Georges Pompidou Centre; III – Architecture and Context; CONCLUSION Resources Illustrations Introduction: The Georges Pompidou Centre is a cultural centre situated in the heart of historic Paris, more precisely in the 3rd Arrondissement. Originally named Beaubourg, because of the hill where it is located, it was renamed shortly before its opening, in memory of the death of President Georges Pompidou, one of its biggest enthusiasts. The centre was idealized in the late 60’s, during the Grand Travaux movement, which aimed to modernize the city and bring it to the centre of the world’s cultural scene. The project is a result of an international architectural contest to create a cultural complex, which was won by the architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, in 1979. The biggest differential in the winning project was the fact that it only used half the lot,
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