Diigo Bookmarks 07/09/2008 (p.m.)

by Yule Heibel on July 9, 2008

  • Interesting article (with some inaccuracies, too), focused chiefly on Bertrand Delanoe, the “Situationist”-inspired left-leaning, assassination attempt survivor and openly gay mayor of Paris, who gets blind-sided by Nikolas Sarkozy, the pro-business president of France, who wants Paris to be a bit more get-go-ish. Delanoe is on the side of the human-scale advocates who want to preserve its “charms,” whereas Sarkozy doesn’t mind a tall building or two. The article is interesting because it’s one of the clearest outlines I’ve seen so far on making political linkages between certain attitudes toward modernization and height in Paris, vs preservation (and rejuvenation) of what that city’s status quo as well as historical “essence” (at least mid-19th century onward) is.

    tags: paris, metropolis_magazine, high_rise, urbanism, urbanplanning, bertrand_delanoe

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