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Cancelled: City of Light and Iron: Building Modern Paris


Wed May 13, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
60 mins


Don Mills

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been cancelled. While we're working to reschedule as many events as possible, no new dates have currently been determined.

Paris became the archetype of a cultivated city through a massive nineteenth-century modernization led by municipal official Georges-Eugène Haussmann. With authoritarian zeal, Haussmann reshaped mediaeval streets into grand boulevards and the Seine into the river as we see it today. These transformations unfolded in dialogue with major advances in art, fashion, industry, and social thought, and propelled the French capital to new extremes of efficiency and elegance as well as economic segregation. Presented by Joseph L. Clarke, architect, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto.


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