Publisher Blue Crow Media has released the next segment in its thoroughly researched and carefully designed architecture maps, this time based in Paris.
Blue Crow Media has previously released maps delineating brutalist landmarks across London and Washington. This edition, concentrating on the French capital, is in collaboration with lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture Robin Wilson and photographer Nigel Green. Together the pair are part of collaborative art practice, Photolanguage.
Written in both English and French the guide pinpoints over 40 examples of brutalist architecture within Paris including the works of Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Renaudie, Renee Gailhoustet amongst many more. The guide additionally features many of the lesser known brutalist buildings in Paris including Pierre Vivien’s spaceship-like Telecommunications Building.
“This map not only guides the reader to discover many of Paris’ boldest and exciting post-war buildings, it also provides a different way to experience Paris as a city,” says Robin. “To explore areas not usually on the tourist itinerary and to encounter some genuinely radical urban environments.” Nigel’s photography featured in the guide is a monochromatic interpretation of the buildings, identifying the vast capacity these buildings have on the streets and skies above.
In recent years brutalist architecture has seen a resurgence and is rising in popularity outside of architecture aficionados. As a style the movement often divides opinion on “whether these buildings were concrete eyesores or design icons,” says the publisher. However, Brutalist Paris Map “is designed to affirm the value of these buildings and to inspire further considerations of Brutalist architecture today”.
- Helen Eunhwa Oh’s vivid illustrations draw the eccentricities from everyday life
- Diane Deschenaux’s abstract images explore Switzerland's farming industry
- Is postgraduate study right for you? A handy guide to help you decide
- Jan Novák’s conceptual typefaces and identities are both functional and clear
- Parisian studio Akatre on their music video for Grand Yellow
- Max Baitinger’s comic Birgit illustrates the ballsy decision to quit your job
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Pigalle, Ill-Studio and Nike have redesigned the Paris Duperré basketball court
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- From Lemon Twigs to Laura Marling: Hollie Fernando’s painterly photography folio
- Why materials matter: Seetal Solanki on the Grenfell Tower tragedy