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Fascinating Les Halles

Rosemary Wakeman

Keywords: LES HALLES; MODERNITY; ARCHITECTURE; URBANISM; PARIS

Abstract

This article considers the site and space of Les Halles as an ongoing intellectualfascination. It specifically looks at how architects have historically approachedLes Halles as a “site of modernity” and puts into context the most recent renovationand the architectural competition to design Les Halles in 2004-2005.It will consider the projects and their viability from a cultural perspective andopen the question of the site and the city's future form.

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