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Centre Pompidou was remarkable not only for its intensity but also because so much of the opprobrium came from the intellectual and artistic vanguard. For in many ways, Beaubourg--as Parisians call the institution, after the working-class neighborhood that once occupied its site--seemed to have risen in the image of avant-garde ideals. Its futuristic design was grounded in Rogers's belief that technology would free humankind from what he called "the age-old capitalist morality of earning one's keep."

Luca Frei
"The so-called utopia of the centre Beaubourg"

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