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Courageous architecture: technological expression in Paris as a cultural provocateur


Orr, K, Courageous architecture: technological expression in Paris as a cultural provocateur, Tekhne, Technique, Technologies: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for French Studies, July 2009, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-36. (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper will examine representations of technology in three notable examples of Parisian architecture: the Tour Eiffel (1889), the Centre Pompidou (1977) and the Musée du Quai Branly (2006). In exploring technological expression in the built environment of Paris, it considers the cultural context within which the buildings were conceived and the cultural confusion they have generated; the social values they reflect or challenge; and the ways in which they confirm or contest ideas of national identity. It is primarily concerned with the impact of the architecture rather than exposure to the collections inside.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Tour Eiffel, Centre Pompidou, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, national identity
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Orr, K (Professor Kirsten Orr)
ID Code:107713
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2016-03-22
Last Modified:2016-03-22

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