Building Paris - Creating the World's Most Beautiful Capital

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Building Paris - Creating the World's Most Beautiful Capital
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Building Paris - Creating the World's Most Beautiful Capital City
256 pages
b&w photos
Hard cover with dust jacket
35 x 23 cm
1,930 kg

Paris is the most visited city in the world. This romantic metropolis has for centuries captured the hearts and imaginations of countless writers, poets, musicians, artists, and travellers. Paris is renowned for the splendid architecture of its individual buildings and, even more so, for the harmony of the city's overall composition.

In Paris there is a uniformity and majesty to the limestone facades of its residences and palaces. It is a city in which urban planning has long played an important part. Visitors admire the order of the Place des Vosges, developed in the 17th century, the vistas created by Baron Haussmann's boulevards in the 1860s, and the continuing efforts to create innovative, attractive low-cost housing begun at the start of the 20th century. It is architecture and planning meant to please and to impress, from Les Invalides, the Ecole Militaire, and the Arc de Triomphe to the Grand Projects pursued by President Mitterrand - inspired public buildings by I.M. Pei, Paul Andreu, and Jean Nouvel.

Building Paris is Bruce Marshall's account of how Paris came to be the most admired city in the world. Mixing anecdote and history, Marshall illuminates rare and sometimes unpublished images taken from the vast archives of Getty Images, Roger-Viollet, and other sources. Examples include photographs recording the restoration of Notre-Dame in 1844, the destruction of the Hotel de Ville and the Tuileries palace during the Communard uprising in 1871, and Theophile Feau's spectacular sequence of the Eiffel Tower being built for the 1889 World's Fair.

Thematic essays bring the history to life and detailed picture captions explain the ingenuity and inventiveness of architects and engineers, masons and glaziers, sculptors and landscapers.