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Architects and studios: Jean Nouvel 1-5 / 5

Trip Cycling in Paris /05/2015

Paris

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.

Trip two urbanistic visions /10/2014

Le Havre & Nantes

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.

Trip Berlin /04/2002

Berlijn en omgeving, Berlijn

The city of Berlin is an emotionally loaded city, a mystical metropolis. The images of Berlin are burned into our collective memory. Berlin is a city with an ‘Earth-shaking’ history in a country with a horrific past.

Trip Architecture à la grande Vitesse /05/1996

Lyon, Paris...

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.

Trip Les sept grands travaux /05/1989

Paris

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.

Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel (°Fumel, 12 August 1945) is a French architect, he won the Pritzker Prize in 2008.

Nouvel studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a founding member of Mars 1976 and Syndicat de l’Architecture. He is the son of Renée and Roger Nouvel who were teachers. His family moved often when his father became the county’s chief school superintendent. His parents encouraged Nouvel to study mathematics and language, but when he was 16 years old he was captivated by art when a teacher taught him drawing. Although he later said he thought that his parents were guiding him to pursue a career in education or engineering, the family reached a compromise that he could study architecture which they thought was less risky than art.

When Nouvel failed an entrance examination at the École des Beaux-Arts of Bordeaux, he moved to Paris where he won first prize in a national competition to attend the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. From 1967 to 1970, Nouvel earned his income as an assistant to architects Claude Parent and Paul Virilio, who after only one year, made him a project manager in charge of building a large apartment complex.