Alphabet, Ezio D'Agostino


The Forum des Halles symbolised 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 brutalised 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.

56 pages
24 cm x 32 cm
Bodonian hardcover, handstamped
Translucent coloured inserts
ISBN 9788894031904

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