Live Centre of Information, From Pompidou to Beaubourg, 1968-1971 THE BOOK

Boris Hamzeian as just published the first part of the history of Beaubourg in the form of a monograph, published by Actar in three twin editions, Italian, French and English.

The result of a collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Live Centre of Information, From Pompidou to Beaubourg, 1968-1971, recounts the genesis of Beaubourg, from the original idea of President Georges Pompidou, to the fine-tuning of the competition design by Piano, Rogers, Franchini and Ove Arup & Partners, to the competition selection process presided over by Jean Prouvé in July 1971. The book features a preface by Laurent Le Bon, president of the Centre Pompidou, an introduction by Roberto Gargiani, architectural historian and mentor, and an afterword by Renzo Piano, in the form of an interview.

The book was funded by the Renzo Piano Foundation, ARUP, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne-EPFL, the Institut Georges Pompidou and Fondazione Lino Gentilini. The publication has been possible thanks to the access to archival material and primary sources belonging to the aforementioned institutions as well as to RSHP, Archives Nationales of Paris, Centre Pompidou, Fondation Le Corbusier, Fiumi Archives (9999), and the private archives of a few protagonists of Beaubourg's adventure as Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini.

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