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May 29
The Barbarity of World-Cities ONLINE EVENT Columbia University, Maison Française

Claude Parent, Visonary Architect: A conversation with Joseph Giovannini & Bernard Tschumi

“Claude Parent gave a different view of french architecture, oriented towards the future and towards art in a direction diametrically opposite to that of le corbusier, rejecting the vertical city, he imagined the oblique cities where the inhabitants live mainly as the mountaineers on the slopes, a new organisation of space based on the health and enjoyment of the body in motion.”
–Jean Nouvel

Claude Parent: visionary architect, published at Rizzoli New York is the first book dedicated to the drawings of Claude Parent. The publication includes over 200 drawings from the 1960s to 2016, including many never seen-before work, as well as texts by architects Odile Decq, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry and Wolf D. Prix.

It celebrates one of the most radical and gifted architects of the twentieth century, whose buildings and theoretical work have greatly influenced many of today’s leading architects. Parent’s work manifests the “oblique function” theory he developed with Paul Virilio in 1963, that dictates buildings should feature slopes, be wall-free where possible and have a predominance of space over surface to encourage the movement of people. Featuring contributions by some of today’s most renowned architects, this long-overdue publication is a must-have for urban planners, art lovers, students of architecture and architects alike and features initial sketches for his best-known buildings and never-before-seen drawings. Claude Parent: Visionary Architect reveals the genius of a man who unquestionably changed the history of architecture.

“The legacy of claude parent is in front of us today: cities of fluidity and continual movement, blurred boundaries between public and private space, and interconnected structures resembling landscapes more than singular buildings.”
–Frank Gehry


Bernard Tschumi is a French-Swiss architect, writer and academic who gives classes at Columbia University. He designed the Blue Condominium, the Alfred Lerner and the Acropolis Museum.

Joseph Giovannini is an American architect, designer, journalist and an eminent architecture critic. He has taught classes in universities such as Columbia and UCLA.


Chloé Parent is a Los Angeles-based, awardwinning graphic designer and the daughter of Claude Parent.

Jean Nouvel is a French architect who has won numerous awards including the Pritzker Prize, Aga Khan Award, and the RIBA’s Royal Gold Medal. He dedicated his project of the Paris Philharmonic to Claude Parent in 2016.

Frank Gehry is a multi-award winning American-Canadian architect known for the Walt Disney
Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, among many others.

Azzedine Alaïa was one of the world’s most respected fashion designers. He is considered by many as one of the last great stylists.

Frédéric Migayrou is Deputy Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre de Création Industrielle at the Pompidou Center in Paris and Professor of Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

Donatien Grau is a French cultural critic and the Head of Contemporary Programs at the Musée
d’Orsay, Paris.

Wolf d. Prix is co-founder and Design Principal and CEO of Coop Himmelb(l)au and is counted
among the originators of the Deconstructivist architecture movement.

Odile Decq is a French architect, the founder of Studio Odile Decq and Lyon-based architecture
school Confluence Institute; she is renowned for her contributions to architectural education and her fight for women in architecture.

Pascale Blin is an architectural consultant and is the author of several books on architecture and co-creator of Éditions de l’Épure.