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List of illustrations

  • Demonstration in Paris
  • Demonstration in Paris
  • Charles de Gaulle
  • Georges Pompidou and Jacques Chirac in Paris
  • Poster: La chienlit c’est encore lui!
  • Poster: Salaires légers chars lourds
  • Les Halles Centrales, Paris
  • Les Halles, Paris, detail of roof designs of the pavilions
  • Les Halles, Paris, detail of roof designs of the pavilions
  • Map of the Halles district
  • View of the Plateau Beaubourg and Les Halles
  • Members of the Piano & Rogers studio at the excavation of Centre Pompidou
  • Renzo Piano, Su Rogers, Richard Rogers, Ted Happold, and Peter Rice
  • Ove Arup on the spiral ramp of the penguin pool at the London Zoo
  • Penguin Pool, London Zoo
  • Project for the entrance to the Bundesgartenschau, Cologne
  • Study model for the canopy of the Olympic Stadium in Munich
  • District Workshop for UNESCO, prospectus
  • District Workshop for UNESCO, built laboratory
  • Architectural Design, cover and p. 144
  • Buckminster Fuller with students at Black Mountain College
  • Buckminster Fuller inside a model of the United States Pavilion’s geodesic dome at Expo 67, Montreal
  • Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao, Dome over Manhattan
  • Studio Piano; plan of the roof
  • Studio Piano; view of the exterior
  • Studio Piano; view of the interior
  • Italian Industry Pavilion, Expo ’70; axonometric plan
  • Italian Industry Pavilion, Expo ’70, detail of revetment
  • Roof of the pavilion for the board of the UIA Congress in London
  • Roof of the Nodus Center, University of Surrey
  • Pre-tensioned Monkey Saddle
  • Model of flat roof
  • Study for the roof of the Olivetti factories
  • Architectural Design
  • Peter Rice at the construction site of the Sydney Opera House
  • Peter Rice inside Les Serres at the Cité des Sciences, Parc de la Villette, Paris
  • Sydney Opera House, under construction
  • Centre Pompidou, under construction
  • Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers
  • Team 4
  • Creek Vean
  • Reliance Controls
  • Rogers House
  • Zip-Up House
  • Fun Palace, interior perspective
  • Archigram 4, cover
  • Fun Palace, the model
  • Fun Palace, interior perspective
  • Fun Palace, section
  • Hospital module designed for the Association of Rural Aids in Medicine (ARAM)
  • Hospital module designed for the Association of Rural Aids in Medicine (ARAM)
  • Model for Instant City
  • Plug-In University Node
  • Portrait collage of the team members for Plateau Beaubourg
  • Competition jury for Plateau Beaubourg
  • Philip Johnson while serving on the competition jury for Plateau Beaubourg
  • Jean Prouvé teaching at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris
  • Sketch of a section of the winning project for the Plateau Beaubourg competition
  • Maison de la Culture
  • Maison de la Culture et de la Jeunesse
  • Competition design for Plateau Beaubourg
  • Competition design for Plateau Beaubourg
  • Model built after winning the competition for Plateau Beaubourg
  • Model built after winning the competition for Plateau Beaubourg
  • Model built after winning the competition for Plateau Beaubourg
  • Exhibition poster featuring the model of the Monument to the Third International
  • Design for a Kiosk
  • Maison de la Publicité, Paris, design
  • Ode à l’Odèon
  • Maison du Peuple, Clichy, axonometric perspective drawing
  • Centre Pompidou, the “jelly-mold scheme” of the facade on the rue du Renard
  • Centre Pompidou, avant-projet of the facade on the rue du Renard
  • Centre Pompidou, final model of the facade on the rue du Renard
  • Festival Plaza, Expo ’70
  • Centre Pompidou, explanatory model of the building structure
  • Centre Pompidou, construction
  • Centre Pompidou, construction
  • Bridge over the Main
  • Comparative analysis of bridge structures
  • Centre Pompidou, drawing
  • Centre Pompidou, cross-section drawing
  • Centre Pompidou, drawing
  • Centre Pompidou, construction
  • Centre Pompidou, drawing
  • Centre Pompidou, construction
  • Centre Pompidou
  • Statement by Robert Bordaz and Michel Weill
  • Gustave Eiffel, at center, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower
  • Paris, A Rainy Day
  • Entry for Plateau Beaubourg competition
  • Centre Pompidou, L’outil informatif
  • Centre Pompidou
  • Plateau Beaubourg, Paris
  • Excavation of Plateau Beaubourg
  • Centre Pompidou, construction
  • Centre Pompidou, construction
  • Centre Pompidou, construction
  • Centre Pompidou, detail
  • Centre Pompidou, drawing of the gerberettes and the floor structure
  • Centre Pompidou, construction of a floor
  • Centre Pompidou, finishing work on the west façade
  • Centre Pompidou, elevation drawing of the west façade
  • Centre Pompidou, under construction
  • Centre Pompidou, under construction
  • Centre Pompidou, under construction
  • Centre Pompidou, node with cross-bracing beams
  • Centre Pompidou, drawing of the connecting pinions used for cross-bracing with the main beams
  • Centre Pompidou, drawing of the pinion-type brace being inserted into the external end of the gerberette
  • Centre Pompidou, “sputnik” and gerberette
  • Centre Pompidou, nearly completed structure
  • Centre Pompidou, seen from above
  • Centre Pompidou, section drawing
  • Partial view of the Centre Pompidou
  • Centre Pompidou, partial view of the external mobile staircase
  • Centre Pompidou, partial view of the external mobile staircase
  • Centre Pompidou, partial view of the external mobile staircase
  • Centre Pompidou, partial view of the external mobile staircase
  • Centre Pompidou, explanatory drawing of the suspension system of the external corridor and mobile staircase
  • Centre Pompidou, facade on rue du Renard
  • Centre Pompidou, facade on rue du Renard
  • Centre Pompidou, facade on rue du Renard
  • Centre Pompidou, facade on rue du Renard
  • Centre Pompidou, explanatory drawing of the air-conditioning duct system
  • Centre Pompidou, facade toward the Fontaine Stravinsky and IRCAM
  • Centre Pompidou, covered square
  • Centre Pompidou, covered square
  • Centre Pompidou, museum space
  • Centre Pompidou, library
  • Centre Pompidou, outdoor exhibition space
  • Place Georges Pompidou
  • Centre Pompidou, view from the top of the Church of Saint-Merri
  • Centre Pompidou and Place Georges Pompidou
  • Centre Pompidou, aerial view
  • The “sputnik," Centre George Pompidou
  • Ventilation pipes, seen from the interior of the Centre Pompidou
  • Centre Pompidou, view from the Fontaine Stravinsky
  • Centre Pompidou, facade on rue du Renard
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Description: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument
~In explaining how the Centre Georges Pompidou came to be designed and built, and ultimately considering how it was received and how a similar building might be seen today, I found myself in the position of having to interlace a number of different narratives, in some cases seemingly divergent. Considering the historical junctures which framed their...
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Description: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument
~On May 29, 1968, the French prime minister Georges Pompidou was in Paris, but he did not know—so the story goes—where the president of the Fifth Republic was at the time. General Charles de Gaulle, president since 1959, had left the city without informing even his closest aides.
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Description: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument
~At the start of 1971, the competition announcement for Paris’s new cultural center reached the desk of engineer Edmund “Ted” Happold in London, and he decided to spend the two hundred francs required by the organizers to take part in the competition and receive the guidelines. Happold was at the helm of Structure 3, one of the structural design...
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Description: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument
~Reyner Banham published the article “Zoom Wave Hits Architecture” in the March 3, 1966, issue of New Society; the same year, Time announced that “in a decade dominated by youth, London has burst into bloom. It swings: it is the scene.” The liveliness of this scene had not faded when at the end of 1970 or the start of 1971 Ted...
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Description: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument
~On July 15, 1971, the project by Piano, Rogers, Franchini, and Ove Arup & Partners was announced as the winner of the competition. The guidelines slated completion of the building by the end of 1975. Astonished and unprepared, as Nathan Silver has recounted with endearing openness, the designers soon found themselves in a meeting with the French president at the...
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Description: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument
~As much as 60 percent of the steel used for the construction of the Centre Pompidou’s parts other than the expansion joints is cast steel. The first span was installed on October 31, 1974, and in April 1975 the work was complete. To avoid on-site welding as much as possible, the parts of the skeleton are remarkably large. Each of the columns, produced in...
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Description: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument
~In writing this book I have considered as “fellow-workers” (Virginia Woolf’s expression, which I cited in the preface) the many authors and their numerous books dedicated to the Centre Georges Pompidou that came before me. I think it is appropriate to acknowledge them here and explain the extent to which I have relied on them. In so doing I...
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Description: Centre Pompidou: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument
~I would like to thank the following people for the generous assistance they provided in bringing this book to press: Nicholas Adams, Katherine Boller, Stefania Canta, Chiara Casazza, Françoise Fromonot, Shunji Ishida, Renzo Piano, Steve Piccolo, Richard Rogers, and Mirko Zardini. Each of them knows the reason for my gratitude. Some are friends going back...
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