Lectures 2006
10/19/2019
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"The Arcades of Paris as Cross-correlation Μodel of Building and Public Space" Kounidi Katerina, Radinou Gianna

The lecture’s research derives from the primal intention of studying and analysing an architectural type, placed between the dues of the 18oy and the means of the 19oy century. It is the “Passages Couverts”, the eminent French Commercial Galleries.

 

The example of passages reveals, that architectural types in a way, stem from social demands which in our case, is the need to promote and portray merchandise. Those architectural types have created a particular cultural moral, related to the public space. These new cultural morals are connected with the perception of bourgeois for the public space, which radically changes with the appearance of these accommodated passages that puncture the mass of buildings. 

 

Passages are therefore the pretext in order to speak for the infiltration of public space into a public building. The infiltration, in arcade’s case, is realised via the perforation of public building, which is how this “opens” to public space. The arcades of Paris therefore, underline the characteristic of building’s transparency.

 

Thus, we begin to speak for arcades, as an example that leads to the examination of the infiltration’s issue of exterior public space in public buildings in the latest architecture as well as in modern society. In the attemption of opening a modern building, two characteristics that appear in the arcades of Paris are being pointed out, that of the transparency and that of the commercial uses’ placement in its interior.