Josephine Baker was in the Parisian avant-garde “très hot” because of her dancing dressed in 16 bananas. Hemingway called her “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw.” Adolf Loos was responsible for her unbuild “Roosmalen house.” Josephine and architecture. But Josephine Baker and Le Corbusier? We are looking for an answer.
Discover two very different urban development projects: a modernist approach in Le Havre and a contemporary approach in Nantes. Along the way we see some interesting projects in Rouen, Saint-Nazaire and Paris.
Dominique Perrault will discuss in his lecture mainly the use of glass in facades and interiors.
The cultural importance of the ‘grands projects’ Mitterrand can hardly be overestimated. In the wake of the big architectural state assignments everywhere in France a new architecure language is found.
During the trip to Paris in May 1989 we have visited in Marne La Vallée the gorgeous Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs ESIEE. Three months later, Dominique Perrault won the competition of la “très grande” bibliothèque de France, the most extensive presidential project in Paris, and at the same time the largest building with cultural function in the world.
In the first year after his election in 1981, François Mitterrand launched in Paris a construction operation of such size as France had not experienced since Napoleon III and Louis XIV. ‘Les sept grands travaux’ would thoroughly change the landscape of architecture in France.