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The Architecture of Paris [Paperback]

Andrew Ayers

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20 April 2003
When not directly shaping the fabric of Paris themselves, its rulers have always kept tight control over the activities of others, with the result that Paris has developed under some of the strictest building regulations of any major city. Despite Paris's much vaunted reputation as the cultural salon of Europe, a certain suspicion towards foreign architectural imports has characterised its development, and outside influences have always been adapted to local needs and indigenous modes of expression, a tradition which carried on until the post-war era and arguably continues today. The last decades of the 20th century have witnessed a rush to modernise and adapt a crumbling fabric to the exigencies of the electronic age.

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The author studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London, and now lives in Paris. He is a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Western Art and is currently working on a book on President Mitterrand's Grands "Travaux".

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5.0 out of 5 stars ABOVE AND BEYOND 8 Mar 2007
By Allen Stagl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is above and beyond any guide book i have seen. The Michelin Green Guide, Paris, has good introductory essays and synopses of all significant sites, whereas Ayers gives extensive historical, architectural, construction and descriptive detail of every site in every arrondissement as well as 18 Ile de France destinations, not just the 16 pages on Versailles; all presented with a definite, though unobtrusive, aesthetic point of view (or maybe i just happen to agree with him). In addition, there are masterly synthesis essays on urban development, housing, metro/RER, arcades and passages, bridges and street furniture. Not for quick reading or casual tourism, despite its "intended use in the field ... [or] the armchair," this book is suitable for upper division undergrad and graduate courses... or anyone who really loves Paris.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In-depth and helpfully organized! 17 Nov 2006
By Pseudonym - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As an architectural history major, I find this to be a seminal guide to the architecture of Paris. Besides the in-depth descriptions that tell you more than just "built in 1860 by Charles Garnier," the book is helpfully organized by arrondissement (neighborhood) to make any self-guided walking tour an educational itinerary of your choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best archi book on best city. 13 Oct 2010
By Dr. M. R. James - Published on Amazon.com
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I second the review by Alan Stegl. I wish I had this book when I lived in Paris because on my last visit, there was barely enough time to scratch the surface. But it is an appropriate size to carry with you everywhere (unlike the 1000 Buildings of Paris). It is immensely readable and gives me great vicarious travel experiences. Next time I will be better prepared and informed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars PARIS 27 Mar 2006
By Shannon Deason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Paris is so blessed with wonderful architecture, be it from the time of Louis XIV or Chirac. This guide is very current and well researched and the images really pop. Paris is layed out so well and its buildings take advantage of the sight lines. Paris had been relatively lucky with modern buildings, for the most part they have not infringed on Paris's great historic buildings; thank you La Defense. Thank God, after the hideous intrusion on Montparnasse of that huge modern tower, the city set up stringent rules and created La Defense on the western city limits..ah the French, they are great at the aesthetics. If you have any interest in this singular city, then I highly recommend this wonderful book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to Paris architecture 28 April 2014
By Anthony W. Robins - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend (fellow architecture buff) recommended this book to me as the best available such guide, and I spent three weeks following it around Paris. Only complaint - maybe a new edition could fix this? - is that there are no maps, or instructions on how to walk from one site to the next, making it unnecessarily difficult to use. But otherwise, it's terrific.
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