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BibliOdyssey: Paris Boulevards
Etchings highlighted with watercolour from 1870s by Adolphe Martial-Potémont. The illustrations show famous landmarks, buildings, arcades, streets, theatres, as well as horse and human traffic around central Paris. Elegant and understated, these prints essentially function as an urban & social record or snapshot of the era.
paris  france  architecture  urban  europe  streets  boulevards  etching  engraving  handcoloured  martial  city 
july 2012 by BibliOdyssey
David Byrne’s Perfect City -
"There’s an old joke that you know you're in heaven if the cooks are Italian and the engineering is German. If it's the other way around you're in hell. In an attempt to conjure up a perfect city, I imagine a place that is a mash-up of the best qualities of a host of cities. The permutations are endless. Maybe I'd take the nightlife of New York in a setting like Sydney's with bars like those in Barcelona and cuisine from Singapore served in outdoor restaurants like those in Mexico City. Or I could layer the sense of humor in Spain over the civic accommodation and elegance of Kyoto. Of course, it's not really possible to cherry pick like this—mainly because a city's qualities cannot thrive out of context. A place's cuisine and architecture and language are all somehow interwoven. But one can dream."

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september 2009 by robertogreco

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