Flaunt Your Frenchness Tip #30

Rendez-Vous #30: Do You Notice the Beauty of Urban Designs?

Cities have much to offer… but do we pay attention to their architectural style? Yet this is what makes their character. This week discover two typical and very different Francophone architecture styles.


Blv-haussmann-lafayetteSecond Empire is an architectural style, most popular between 1865 and 1880, and so named for the architectural elements in vogue during the era of the French Second Empire. Boulevard Haussmann in Paris is a distinctive example of Second Empire style applied to urban planning. The architecture of this period had to obey extremely strict parameters. This style has also been adopted in several cities in Canada.




maison nelissenArt Nouveau is an artistic movement of the late 19th and early 20h century that is born of a reaction against the European academic art of the 19th century. It draws on the aesthetics of curved lines, inspired by natural forms and structures. Despite numerous demolitions between the end of the Second World War and the late 1960s, Brussels still has more than 500 Art Nouveau buildings.



Newsletter #30 – Do You Notice the Beauty of Urban Designs?

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