“Paris Haussmann. A Model’s relevance” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

The exhibition, curated by LAN – Benoit Jallon and Umberto Napolitano- and FBC -Franck Boutté- starts with a line drawn to review history. Over 100 drawings, plans, archives, photographs by Cyrille Weiner, as well as many mock-ups, give visitors an opportunity to rediscover the city’s heritage at various scales.


"Paris Haussmann. A Model's relevance" exhibition view © LAN Architects

“Paris Haussmann. A Model’s relevance” exhibition view © LAN Architects, FBC – Franck Boutté

The exhibition redesigns, categorizes and compares the urban axis’, distinguishes public spaces, organizes the city blocks and buildings according to their current geometry. Haussmann, prefect for the departement of the Seine from 1853 until 1870, extensively transformed Paris, above and below ground, from the city center to the outskirts. By extension, his name personifies a century of public works that still defines the urban organization and the identity of the city .