Posted by Jacques Pochoy on September 19, 2002 at 15:06:28:
In Reply to: Re: Future High Rise Design: More Concrete posted by Kevin Matthews on September 19, 2002 at 14:14:12:
This is the French fact-checker in action...:-)
On the Great Building link, nowhere is mentioned that the Eiffel tower we see today was designed by an Architect (because otherwise under french rules it couldn't have been built!).
The elegant shape we see today was designed by Stephen Sauvestre D.E.S.A. ( diploma from the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture)....
The first design of Eiffel was technically correct, but himself thought it would'nt pass the jury... So he worked with Sauvestre who is responsible for the Arcs of level 1 and the actual shape...
In our school the annual prizes given to students, teachers, or ex-students who did a remarquable design or won a contest is a "Tour Eiffel" - even if it's not a model but can be a sculpture (last year it was a fly walking on the edge of a tube, all in bronze by Philippe Guillemet)... Eiffel did go and search an architect from our school and not from the Beaux-Arts schools... Since, we kept the name for our prizes....
Tongue in cheek to Kevin...:-):-):-)
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