Negotiation and Transformation: The Grand Boulevards of Paris as Non-Places and New Types of Social Space Open Access

Deslauriers, Matthew (2014)

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Considering the relationship between the built environment and social fabric is extremely significant to understanding how spaces are experienced and constructed, how the external world is understood by individuals and, ultimately, how lives are led. This thesis examines this relationship by first considering Marc Augé's construction of non-places in relation to anthropological place, on the basis that place is the manifestation of how individuals organize their external reality. It then looks more specifically at the modernization of Paris in the mid-nineteenth-century orchestrated by Georges Haussmann under the rule of Napoleon III. It examines how changes in the physical structure of the city changed movement patterns, altered the perceived scale of the city, and ultimately produced different types of social spaces. Final consideration is given to the experience of modernity, from which is offered the conclusion that while change is constant, progress is an idea that must be negotiated.

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Chapter I: Non-places Places and non-places share physical forms in common Non-places exist outside supermodernity Chapter II: Parisian Transformations Movement Scale Social Spaces Chapter III: Negotiating Modernity Conclusion Bibliography

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