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The Centre Georges Pompidou is one of the most renown architectural works of the 20th Century.

Fun Palace (1961) by Cedric Price.

CUPtopia knows that Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers were influenced by Cedric Price’s Fun Palace, but neither Piano or Rogers has ever confirmed their act of “architectural plagiarism“.

Fun Palace (1961) by Cedric Price.

Lesson / Koan : Funny Business is Good Business.

In current times, one recognizes that many new projects to be built in different cities go through an international competition process.

But architectural plagiarism is not a new trend…one which will never be absent in both architectural education & practice.

BTW,

In 1970, an international architectural competition was launched to find the right architect to design the Centre National d’art et de Culture Georges Pompidou.

Terrance J. Waters [Etats-Unis], 1971. Project n°166 presented to the competition for the Centre Beaubourg.

The commission / jury that was responsible for picking the architect for the Centre Pompidou included internationally renowned architect Jean Prouve. 681 teams of architects from around the world participated, and all forms of building were considered, starting with the classic ones to the most avant-garde.

Francisco Palacio, Manuel Rul, Benjamin Savage [Mexique], 1971. Project n°155 presented to the competition for the Centre Beaubourg.

The architects selected by the jury were Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini, assisted by Ove Arup and Partners. The Pompidou Centre has been widely studied, but CUPtopia wanted to display some of the other proposals for Centre Pompidou that could have been and more importantly, should have been:

Claude Guilbert, Christian Belser, Alain Challier [France], 1971. Project n°19 presented to the competition for the Centre Beaubourg.

NOTE :

Let’s go back in time and take another look at a proposal for the Centre Pompidou building and try to imagine how it could have been if different approaches were considered.

André Bruyère [France], 1971. Project n°272 presented to the competition for the Centre Beaubourg.

Taking a look at these old renderings, it is possible to understand what Luca Frei describes in his book The so-called utopia of the centre beaubourg – An interpretation, when he talks about a world turned upside down, which it’s seventy-six storeys submerged beneath the official centre for culture provide a platform for alternative modes of work and creation.

Would it been possible with proposals such as L’Œuf by André Bruyère?

What City?, What Site?...& Who is the well-known neighbor?

 

The so-called utopia of the centre beaubourg – An interpretation
by Luca Frei (2007)

Appearing under the pseudonym Gustave Affeulpin in 1976, and coinciding with the inauguration of the Centre Beaubourg in Paris, Albert Meister’s fictional text imagines a radical libertarian space submerged beneath the newly erected centerpiece of French Culture. In a world turned upside down, the seventy-six storeys submerged beneath the official centre for culture provide a platform for alternative modes of work and creation. 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