Detail of the urban model from the 17th century
A month ago the Grand Palais in Paris was housing exciting exhibition of raised relief maps and huge urban models of towns from the 17th and 19th centuries. The impressive models done for military reasons now represent urban planning, architecture, typology of the fortified towns and give an image of the environment few centuries ago.
Visitors explore and walk on carpet, historical map of France, at the entrance of the exhibition
The exhibition was very inspiring. You could endlessly explore precise details, little cute houses, relief, trees, materials, learn about the old towns. Size of the models was really amazing! That let me think that in the 17th century just as now the best way to make the impression and express the power is to show how big, successful and powerful your city is. Back then fortifications, newest planning ideas were presented on the models, now the tallest buildings, the smartest architecture, the biggest developments are also shown on the huge models.
Urban models from the 21st century: Tokyo, Singapore, Dubai and Shanghau
Since the 17thcentury till now role of cities did not change: growth and wealth of the city represents power of the whole country. And a huge model is the most astonishing and understandable way to express that power.
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