Architecture Brutaliste Paris

September 27, 2018 7:02 am by ramsaystirling
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Architecture Brutaliste Paris

“This map not only guides the reader to discover many of Paris’s boldest and exciting post-war buildings, it also provides a different way to experience Paris as a city, to explore areas not usually on the tourist itinerary and to encounter some genuinely radical urban environments,” said Robin Wilson, co-founder of Photolanguage and lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Telecommunications UFOPhotography by Nigel Green/Photolanguage for Blue Crow MediaLes Orgues de FlandrePhotography by Nigel Green/Photolanguage for Blue Crow MediaLes DamiersPhotography by Nigel Green/Photolanguage for Blue Crow MediaLes Choux de CréteilPhotography by Nigel Green/Photolanguage for Blue Crow MediaLes BleuetsPhotography by Nigel Green/Photolanguage for Blue Crow MediaCaserne de PompiersPhotography by Nigel Green/Photolanguage for Blue Crow Media

ArchDaily News New Map Celebrates Paris’ Brutalist Architecture New Map Celebrates Paris’ Brutalist Architecture 08:00 – 3 March, 2017 by Osman Bari

Post-war Brutalist architecture embodies the French term le béton brut, meaning ‘raw concrete’, while providing manifestations of various formal compositions, through experimentation with the economical, structural and material properties that concrete possesses. Despite being the focus of many a debate over the years, the style has been seen in a more favourable light as of late, and the map intends to further maintain this positive perception.

Les Etoiles at Ivry-sur-SeinePhotography by Nigel Green/Photolanguage for Blue Crow Media

The bilingual map is Blue Crow’s sixth guide dedicated to 20th century architecture, all of which can be purchased through the publisher’s website, here. The Brutalist Paris Map is priced at $10 USD (£8 GBP) plus shipping, and provides architectural details and photos for each of the buildings featured.

Présentant les exemples les plus marquants de l’architecture Brutaliste de Paris, ce guide recto-verso comprend une carte, une introduction par Robin Wilson ainsi que les détails de plus de quarante constructions illustrées par les photographies de Nigel Green.

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The map locates more than 40 examples of Brutalist architecture in Paris: including works by architects from Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer to Marcel Breuer, and the Maison du Brésil, the Communist Party Headquarters and UNESCO Headquarters. While the decades since these buildings were first erected have seen impassioned debate about whether they are better classified as icons or eyesores, a new school of thinking seems to be leaning towards the former, celebrating the diverse signatures of Brutalism on their own merit. A welcome belle-laide counterpoint, surely, to the city’s otherwise achingly lovely skylines.

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Some of map’s more notable projects include Maison du Brésil, and the Communist Party Headquarters, designed by big names such as Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. The work of influential French architects Jean Renaudie, Renée Gailhoustet, and Gérard Grandval, among others, has also been featured, including ‘Les Choux de Créteil’, and ‘Les Damiers’ apartments.

Featuring the most striking examples of Brutalist architecture in Paris, this two-sided guide includes a map, an introduction by Robin Wilson, details of more than forty buildings, and photographs by Nigel Green.

Adding to its regular releases of city guide maps, London-based publisher Blue Crow Media has now produced the Brutalist Paris Map, in collaboration with Nigel Green and Robin Wilson of Photolanguage. Having previously covered Washington D.C.’s most prominent Brutalist buildings, the latest map highlights over 40 Parisian examples of Brutalist architecture.

Except that Paris’ Brutalist buildings are, as is the case of Brutalism the world over, an important and uniquely charming part of the French city’s storied history. In support of this argument, Robin Wilson and Nigel Green have this week launched a Brutalist Paris Map, a plotted guide to such structures all around the City of Lights. These buildings have an important role to play in the trajectory of architecture, they explain: “Post-war Brutalist architecture, as defined by critic Reyner Banham in 1955, aligns itself with the material honesty of the earlier work of Le Corbusier and August Perret, and incorporates within it both the French term le béton brut (raw concrete) and the expressionistic tendencies of art brut. Many of the Parisian Brutalists experimented with the structural and aesthetic properties of concrete, as the most affordable construction material available in the period of post war reconstruction. However, the expressions of Brutalism are diverse, often using unusual combinations of building materials and producing a remarkable range of architectural forms and spaces.”

Paris is famed for many things; its patisserie, its distinctive golden light, the accordionists absentmindedly playing La Marseillaise on every other street corner, adding to the rose-tinted romance of the whole charade. It’s not a city best known for its Brutalist architecture – but then with Haussmann’s wide boulevards and elaborate balconies to admire at will, who spends their time searching for great graphic blocks of rugged concrete and angular forms?

More obscure landmarks also make it into the spotlight, like Marius Depont’s concrete Church of Saint André and Pierre Vivien’s Telecommunications Building.

Brutalist Paris Map, by Blue Crow Media, in collaboration with Robin Wilson and Nigel Green of Photolanguage, is out now. 

Cite: Osman Bari. “New Map Celebrates Paris’ Brutalist Architecture ” 03 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed .

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