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Architecture and city planning
Boullée, Etienne-Louis (1728-1799). Perspective elevation of Newton’s Cenotaph, "A Newton. 1784".
Books and journals on the artistic and historical aspects of architecture and city planning are mainly found in the Art and Literature Department at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand).
While the open-access collections are mainly dedicated to architecture, they also cover the history of city planning, stylistic aspects of garden design, and interior design. As well as a large collection of books on French and foreign architects from all periods, they include a large amount of material representing the various current trends in architecture. Readers can also find documents by type of building – for example, material on railway stations, swimming pools or detached houses.
Closed-stack collections held by the Research library at the François Mitterrand Library enable readers to study the history of all areas of architecture and city planning. They include, for example, architectural treatises, building and site layouts, descriptions of famous monuments and cities, books on construction techniques, fortifications, bridge construction, etc. These collections are supplemented by a large collection of old architectural journals, such as the Revue générale de l’architecture et des travaux publics and the Bulletin monumental, as well as numerous current journals.
A large number of documents dating from the 15th to the 21st century are held by the Prints and Photographs Department at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu). Works by French and foreign architects, major monuments, and architectural genres are particularly well represented in these collections:
The Charles Garnier and Louis Bernier collections
Charles Garnier View of the Opera staircase. 1866
Thursday, February 6, 2014
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