His Life and Times, and the Making of Modern Paris

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the life of modern Paris's influential architect against a backdrop of nineteenth-century European society, from his entry into civic administration in the face of urban problems to his reign as Prefect of the Seine during the "Haussmannization" of Paris.

Mr. Carmona sets the life of Baron Haussmann, the famous “architect” of modern Paris, against the background of nineteenth-century European society. He looks at the problems of urban existence faced by the city of Paris and shows how the controversial baron created a style that would become a model for urban transformation.

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Attributing to Georges-EugTne Haussmann (1809-91) the transformation of Paris from an unruly capital into a prestigious metropolis, Carmona (geography and country planning, Sorbonne, Paris) recounts his career as a city administrator appointed by Napoleon III in 1853. The original Haussmann was published by Librarie ArthTme Fayard in 2000 and translated from the French by Patrick Camiller. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
In 1853, Napoleon III appointed to the Paris city hall an administrator who had already proved himself in a number of provincial posts, most notably at Bordeaux, and whose name would come to symbolize the modernization of Paris. In barely fifteen years, Baron Haussmann completed the enormous task entrusted to him by the emperor: to transform an unruly capital into a prestigious metropolis. Dozens of building sites were opened in the streets of the capital; thousands of houses were pulled down; wide straight boulevards were cut through the city with blocks of apartments built alongside them; new theatres and churches sprang up along with public gardens; water, sewage, and gas systems were modernized.
Mr. Carmona has exhaustively examined the historical record and has written a superb biography that will be welcomed by all who have savored the avenues, parks, public buildings, monuments, and byways of the City of Light. Haussman will be a treasure too for architects, urban planners, and those readers who are interested in the life of great cities.

Natl Book Network
Exhaustively researched and written with remarkable balance, the book is a much a social and political history of ninteenth-century European society as it is a biography.

Publisher: Chicago : I. R. Dee, 2002
ISBN: 9781566634274
Characteristics: 516 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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May 09, 2015

Carmona follows Haussmann's autobiographical Memoirs rather closely as his primary source. A comparative reading with some of the other actors of the period is required to arrive at a complete picture. But the scope of detail is quite good.


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