“Centre Pompidou. Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument” by Francesco Dal Co

The book by Francesco Dal Co, director of Casabella and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury, presents a lively intellectual biography of one of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings.

 

L’outil informative © Yale University Press

L’outil informative © Yale University Press

 

The Centre Georges Pompidou, also called Beaubourg, is today considered an icon of contemporary Paris, the quintessence of a modern building, and a model for what a museum can be. In 1971, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, together with the engineering firm Ove Arup & Partners, won an international architecture competition with their innovative and irreverent design.


 

Book data

“Centre Pompidou. Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument”
Francesco Dal Co
£20.00 * ISBN: 9780300221299* Hardback
168 pages * 43 colour + 89 b/w illus.
Size: 229x178mm
Publication Date: 3rd January 2017

 


Completed in 1977, the building was at first received skeptically by critics, yet it was quickly embraced by the public as a beloved monument of the modern city of Paris. This lively intellectual biography of the building explores its history and the reasons for its success, from its genesis as a politically calculated response to Paris’s turbulent 1968 student protests to the role played by architects in its construction, as well as the historical influences and the engineering solutions that inform its design.

 

Drawing of a gerberette with specifications for the steel, tolerances, and construction methods © Yale University Press

Drawing of a gerberette with specifications for the steel, tolerances, and construction methods © Yale University Press

The connection between the Warren girders and the gerberettes © Yale University Press

The connection between the Warren girders and the gerberettes © Yale University Press

 

A key reason for the Centre Pompidou’s success indeed lies in its ability to channel architectural memory, connecting it powerfully to Paris’s historic urban fabric. This essential text on one of the twentieth century’s most significant buildings is accompanied by a portfolio of rare drawings and photographs.

 

Facade on rue du Renard © Yale University Press

Facade on rue du Renard © Yale University Press

Facade on rue du Renard © Yale University Press

Facade on rue du Renard © Yale University Press

 

Francesco Dal Co is professor of history of architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia (IUAV) director of the architecture magazine Casabella, and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury. His many publications include Modern Architecture (with Manfredo Tafuri) and Figures of Architecture and Thought.


 

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