City of Light

Author(s): Rupert Christiansen

European

In 1853 the French emperor Louis Napoleon inaugurated a vast and ambitious programme of public works, directed by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine. Haussmann's renovation of Paris would transform the old medieval city of squalid slums and disease-ridden alleyways into a 'City of Light' - characterised by wide boulevards, apartment blocks, parks, squares and public monuments, new railway stations and department stores and a new system of public sanitation.


City of Lightcharts a fifteen-year project of urban renewal which - despite the interruptions of war, revolution, corruption and bankruptcy - would set a template for nineteenth and early twentieth-century urban planning and create the enduring and globally familiar layout of modern Paris.

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General Fields

  • : 9781786694546
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : July 2018
  • : ---length:- '20'width:- '13.5'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : Rupert Christiansen
  • : Hardback
  • : 1809
  • : 944.36107
  • : 208