The Eiffel Tower is a landmark for Paris. When visiting the city, it is impossible that anyone would miss the tower that stands with pride in the center of the city. The city reminds Parisians that this Tower belongs to them and they own it since they cannot get rid of the tower at any point within the city. The Tower is a symbol of everything within the city. It speaks the language of love to the lovers and due to the apparent uselessness of the tower; meaning can easily be attributed to the tower.
Within the course of history there has not come a time when the tower was without any meaning. However, this piece of architecture has no apparent functionality. Even though the architect argued on a number of uses for the tower ranging from aerodynamics to meteorological exploration, the tower is still without any function. However, the tower fulfils the most important function of being a beacon to the Parisians living within the city. The Tower also provides the onlookers with a panorama of the whole city. The observatory of the tower allows for a bird’ s eye view of the city, one that allows us to see Paris as it is even if we miss out one of the few major buildings.
It also demarcates the city between the poor and the rich neighborhood. While there is no defined functionality of the Tower, the Tower also lacks a definition of form. The Tower stands on a steel structure without any walls or structure that could create a confined space. The tourist, thus, is outside in the environment even when he is inside the tower.
The Tower is in itself a paradox, it has no function but the Parisians cannot imagine Paris without the Tower. Added to this the Tower has no form but tourists flock to the Tower to experience what lies inside the tower (Barthes, 1997). The Eiffel Tower is one of the most striking monuments in not just Paris but the whole world. It offers people the possibility of viewing Paris through a bird’ s eye perspective but other than that there is no functionality of the tower.
Even despite the Tower’ s uselessness it represents Paris. In this article, the author discusses the construction of the Canadian National Gallery amidst increasing diversions and criticisms. When Jean Boggs was made the project manager, he hired Safdie, a relatively unknown architect. Safdie went against the postmodernist architecture theory, prevalent during the time and created a classical piece which used the concept of skylight to lighten the two story building. Though Safdie’ s design had certain issues, he managed to create a design where people would come back to enjoy art as it is meant to be enjoyed. The building stands against other prominent building but does not lose its character in the external environment (Ribczynski, 2002).
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