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DHUM 1135A - History of Paris, the Making of a City

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

The continuance of building, on both a large and a small scale, renders Paris a diverse and dynamic metropolis embodying the architectures of yesterday, today and, doubtless tomorrow as well. Among the most densely built areas in the Western world, the politicians and administrators task is thus to adapt a city full of history to contemporary needs, to find a balance of past and present - between tourism and modern facilities. In this course we will trace the making of Paris in terms of architectural history and urban planning, from antic Lutetia through current projects for an urban extension (Greater Paris). By analyzing a selection of Parisian landmarks we are going to discuss actors and users of this city, old and contemporary concerns and challenges behind the urban scenery. Beside theoretical lectures, the making of Paris is studied in the city itself (three field studies). You will gain insight into the history of Paris major landmarks, but also learn how to read and perceive architectural as urban compositions (vocabulary, symbols, materials, functions, etc.).


ROLLENHAGEN TILLY, Linnéa (Enseignante)

Course validation

The learning objectives of this course are to get a basic knowledge of the chronology and main stages of Paris urban history, to discern and describe architectural elements from different historical periods, and more generally to understand the making of a city and interpret the symbolism of various styles. Before each lecture read the readings available on the web-site. During the semester you'll be graded for your personal work through a field report (25%, 2 pages), a group presentation in class (25%), an individual presentation during one of the field studies or in class (25%), and a research paper (25%, 3 pages).

Required reading

  • Ayers, A., The Architecture of Paris, London, 2004
  • Ballon, H., The Paris of Henry IV: Architecture and Urbanism, The MIT press, 1994
  • Bergdoll, B., European Architecture 1750-1890, Oxford University Press, 2000
  • Busson, D., Paris, a Roman city, Paris, 2003
  • Chaine, C., Verdet, J.-P., The grand Louvre: from the fortress to the pyramid, Paris, 1989

Additional required reading

  • Cohen, J-L, Eleb, M., Martinelli, A., Paris: Architecture, 1900-2000, Paris, 2000
  • Erlande-Brandenburg, A., Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris, 1999
  • Fleury, Kruta, The Castle of the Louvre, Paris, 2000
  • Gleininger, A., Matzig, G., Redecke, S., Paris, Contemporary Architecture, Munich, 1997.Hugo
  • Victor, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (any edition)
  • Loyer, F., Paris Nineteenth Century: Architecture and Urbanism, Abbeville 1988
  • Olsen, D.J., The city as a work of art: London, Paris, Vienna, Yale University Press, 1988
  • Pinkney, D.H., Napoleon III and the Rebuilding of Paris, Princeton University Press, 1958
  • Popkin, J.D., Panorama of Paris: Selections from Le Tableau De Paris, 1999
  • Simon, P., Paris Visite Guidée, Paris, 2007
  • Summerson, J., The Classical Language of Architecture, Thames & Hudson – 1992
  • Thomson, D., Renaissance Paris: Architecture and Growth, 1475-1600, University of California Press, 1984
  • Trout, A., City On the Seine: Paris in the Time of Richelieu and Louis XIV, 1614-1715, St. Martin's Press, 1996

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