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Trompes l'oeil

Devereux, Michael


Michael Devereux
Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning in Architecture and Urbanism


This article challenges the myth that London is an organic, unplanned city shaped by economic forces, and Paris is, in contrast a planned city moulded by the state. The modern development of the two cities is tracked from the early nineteenth century onwards. Napoleon III's exile in England is seen as playing a major part in his ideas for the later laying out of Paris and the evolution of that city into a modern capital. The view that more recent grand projects are the preserve of Paris is countered by a reminder of the considerable number of major schemes that London has seen over the last thirty or so years.


Devereux, M. (2012). Trompes l'oeil. Architectural Design, 82(1), 92-97.

Journal Article Type Short Survey
Publication Date Jan 1, 2012
Journal Architectural Design
Print ISSN 0003-8504
Electronic ISSN 1554-2769
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 82
Issue 1
Pages 92-97
Keywords Paris, London, town planning, design, Napoleon III
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