Devereux, M. (2012) Trompes l'Oeil. AD (Architectural Design), 82 (1). pp. 92-97. ISSN 0003-8504
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ad.1356
This article challenges the myth that London is an organic, unplanned city shaped by economic forces, and Paris is, in contrast a planned city moulded by the state. The modern development of the two cities is tracked from the early nineteenth century onwards. Napoleon III's exile in England is seen as playing a major part in his ideas for the later laying out of Paris and the evolution of that city into a modern capital. The view that more recent grand projects are the preserve of Paris is countered by a reminder of the considerable number of major schemes that London has seen over the last thirty or so years.