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Paris Nord: Shadrach Woods's Imaginary Global City

María González and Patricio del Real
Positions
No. 1, Grand Plans (Spring 2010), pp. 64-92
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25835102
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

Paris Nord was an urban proposal developed by Shadrach Woods and a team of collaborators in the summer of 1964 as the "search for a solution—a type—for the expansion of the city." Through its structural and conceptual formulations, Paris Nord attempted to overcome the city-country divide and to offer a model "Global City" that would solve the social problems of industrial capitalism in Europe. This project has never been fully published; it has not been thoroughly considered in critical interpretations of Shadrach Woods's work nor as a part of the political discourse on urbanism and the city that proliferated in European architectural culture prior to 1968. This essay addresses a fundamental gap in the study of urbanization processes at this time, and uses archival and historical research to bring a forgotten work of 1960s urbanism to light, helping us reflect on this convulsive period.

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