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Work in focus: the Centre Pompidou


Monday 19 November 2018
6.30 — 8pm

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Piano + Rogers, Pompidou Centre, Paris, 1971-77. Piazza

(cc) Naotake Murayama

A debate exploring the history and the reasons for the success of one of the twentieth century’s most significant buildings.

In 1969, President Georges Pompidou decided that the vacant site of the Plateau Beaubourg should be used for the construction of a multidisciplinary cultural centre of an entirely new type. The Centre Georges Pompidou is today considered an icon of contemporary Paris, the quintessence of a modern building, and a model for what a museum can be. In 1971, the relatively unknown architects Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini, together with the engineering firm Ove Arup & Partners, presented an innovative and irreverent design that was eventually selected by an international jury chaired by acclaimed designer and architect Jean Prouvé. Completed in 1977, the building was at first received sceptically by critics, yet it was quickly embraced by the public as a beloved monument of the modern city of Paris.

Join us to examine one of the most relevant buildings in Renzo Piano’s career. From its genesis as a politically calculated response to Paris’s turbulent 1968 student protests to the role played by architects in its construction, as well as the historical influences and the engineering solutions that informed its design.

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Monday 19 November 2018

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9 concessions

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