Earlier this month, Hong Kong-owned developer Knight Dragon revealed plans for an billion-dollar urban-development scheme that will completely transform London’s Greenwich Peninsula. In this edition of Section D, Monocle 24’s weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the team speak to Santiago Calatrava—who will be designing the core of this grand new project—about this and his public-spirited design philosophy. Why, they ask, has he’s always wanted to leave a mark on the “Big Smoke?”
Adding to its regular releases of city guide maps, London-based publisher Blue Crow Media has now produced the Brutalist Paris Map, in collaboration with Nigel Green and Robin Wilson of Photolanguage. Having previously covered Washington D.C.’s most prominent Brutalist buildings, the latest map highlights over 40 Parisian examples of Brutalist architecture.
“This map not only guides the reader to discover many of Paris’s boldest and exciting post-war buildings, it also provides a different way to experience Paris as a city, to explore areas not usually on the tourist itinerary and to encounter some genuinely radical urban environments,” said Robin Wilson, co-founder of Photolanguage and lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Some of map’s more notable projects include Maison du Brésil, and the Communist Party Headquarters, designed by big names such as Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. The work of influential French architects Jean Renaudie, Renée Gailhoustet, and Gérard Grandval, among others, has also been featured, including ‘Les Choux de Créteil’, and ‘Les Damiers’ apartments.
More obscure landmarks also make it into the spotlight, like Marius Depont’s concrete Church of Saint André and Pierre Vivien’s Telecommunications Building.
Post-war Brutalist architecture embodies the French term le béton brut, meaning ‘raw concrete’, while providing manifestations of various formal compositions, through experimentation with the economical, structural and material properties that concrete possesses. Despite being the focus of many a debate over the years, the style has been seen in a more favourable light as of late, and the map intends to further maintain this positive perception.
The bilingual map is Blue Crow’s sixth guide dedicated to 20th century architecture, all of which can be purchased through the publisher’s website, here. The Brutalist Paris Map is priced at $10 USD (£8 GBP) plus shipping, and provides architectural details and photos for each of the buildings featured.
News via: Blue Crow Media.