Paris - Day 1

This is the rail station at Charles de Gaulle designed by Paul Andreu. The ribs remind me of the Tokyo International Forum. Interestingly it was proposed in 1992 and built by 1995 - a few years before TIF.

The Pompidou Center by Rogers and Piano. I actually really liked the externalization of the structure and systems more than I thought I would. It leaves the inside of the building completely open for the art.

Side view showing the unique structure. The trusses (those triangulated things on the right) are kept from bending by the addition of (I believe) pivoting cantilevers (those horizontal bars on the left) that are tensioned into the ground.

The only remaining private construction in Paris designed by Ledoux - Hôtel d'Hallwyll.

The Siene.

Near Notre Dame there was an open air plant market in these really cool old greenhouse-stree vendor spaces.

Notre Dame... restored after it was defaced during the French Revolution.

I also went to the Maison européenne de la Photographie which is free Wed. nights after 5PM. I found a really talented photographer named Michael Von Graffenried.