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ALPHABET

Les Halles 1979-2011

The Forum des Halles symbolized in the ‘70s a new and ambitious architectural vision in the heart of the historical centre of Paris.
In place of the Baltard’s Pavilions and the general markets, a new futuristic space that was supposed to contain everything was created: trade, leisure, work, education, and art.
A monumental cement complex with subterranean layers brutalized the Beaubourg district.
Today, a new vision takes place: a new complex satisfying the contemporary aesthetic requirements will replace the Forum, suddenly considered obsolete.
These twenty-six pictures were took during the first phase of the demolition of the Forum des Halles, working on a concept of impermanence connected to façade criteria more than to the very durability of a building.
Twenty-six as the letters of the alphabet through which the Forum, thirty-two years after the construction and by this time esteemed as old, declares its own language at the moment of its falling and its oblivion.

 

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First Edition

250 copies
23.7 cm x 32.0 cm
56 pages
Bodonian Hardback – Handstamped
Translucent colored inserts
Offset printed on GardaMatt Art

Bookproject and design by Ezio D’Agostino and 3/3

Published by Skinnerboox Editions.

Nominated by Alejandro Cartagena as Best Books 2015 on Photo-Eye.

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