Hydrology and the Imperial Vision of Bois de Boulogne

  title={Hydrology and the Imperial Vision of Bois de Boulogne},
  author={Kevin Coffee},
  journal={Post-Medieval Archaeology},
  pages={62 - 80}
  • Kevin Coffee
  • Published 2 January 2017
  • History
  • Post-Medieval Archaeology
SUMMARY: Bois de Boulogne was a key urban design effort of Second Empire France. This essay surveys the landscape of the park with particular attention to water; social practices that engendered the use of water, and social practices which water enabled. The hydrology of the site — the grand lake, streams and waterfalls — is a statement and demonstration of imperial mastery and sensibility. Nearly half of the project budget was devoted to hydraulics and, in the opening years, more than 15% of… 
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