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1.

la rue mouffetard : legends of a name


Mont cĂŠtard t he

word mouffetard would have originated from multiple distortions of the name mons c etardus (a place the street runs through), which with time became mont cetard, then mont fetard...

les mofettes m ofettes

are putrid smells generated by the dumping of rotting intestine in a river. This was a common practice for the tanners working in the area (throwing out animal bowels into the BiĂŠvre). Therefore m ouffetard would have derived from the smell of the place.


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la rue mouffetard : a tough ship sailing the sea of time


I st century c.e. — a roman road connects l utèce & i vry / it leads the way to lyon & to rome

XIII th century c.e. — the small track cuts through a small place known as m ons c etardus / m ons c etarius

the street is part of the grande rue saintm arceau m idle a ges —

XIX th century c.e. — the street stretches out to the place d’italie, covering a 1 500 m distance / it is cut in half by the works of haussman

the street takes on the name of rue sanitm arcel / it is commonly referred to as la mouffe XVII th century c.e. —

La Rue Mouffetard has remained the same for almost 2 000 years. It did not suffer the transformations of the modernisation of Paris because it was considered a village in itself.


before 1950 l a r ue m ouffetard

was long considered a squalid place : the poverty & putrid smell in the air gave the place a filthy reputation.


today l a r ue m ouffetard

is now a young & touristic place with its very typical market, its food stores & it’s nice bars & pubs.


3.

la rue mouffetard : a muse to the literary arts


pierre de ronsard w ould

frequently attend to the parties at the cabaret de la pomme de pin.

paul verlaine l ived

/ hid in a small furnished apartment located at n°39 rue Descartes.

geoRges duhamel Mentions la rue mouffetard in his “ confession de minuit ” published in 1920. h e also lived in the neighbourhood.


victor hugo Came to rue mouffetard seeking inspiration for his famous book : “ les misérables ”.


4.

la rue mouffetard : the tales in the stones


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owe to pierre gripari the story of the

witch of rue mouffetard. this short text has become a very famous tale and is part of a wider collection based on the street and the neighbourhood it is in. it fits perfectly inside a series of old beliefs in one of the oldest parts of the french capital.


5.

Folklore & identities


During the XIXth century, many Folklorists set out to collect the myths & popular beliefs of the people of Europe to determine identities for the newborn countries of that time.


Implementing what is already there / enhancing city systems


what systems are there to implement ?


static systems : the street itself / signs & symbols to know it by


1.

toponymical systems


17cm

2,5m

5ème Arrt street name (35cm x 40cm < size < 50cm x 100cm)

RUE MOUFFETARD

2m

2m

The only system used for the toponymy of the city concerns the way the signs are placed on walls.


2.

“ chronological ” & implementary systems


street name (35cm x 40cm < size < 50cm x 100cm)

3m

number ( < 50cm x 24cm)

number ( < 8cm x 12cm)

2,5m 2m

The number plates in the street seem to have no system for colour, typeface or scale. However they are standardised in the way they are displayed & in the material they are made ofâ&#x20AC;&#x2030;: enamelled steel sheets.


3.

hi[story]cal systems


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regular shape for a historical plaque seems to be a rectangle.

Am re et volupta tureperrorro entiat. Agnisim ent ad elit, sum, enimus acea dendiaes suntia que voluptas eatquunt officte re solorem fugit eictia que imi, volent, ut labo. Namus etur? Fero venis magnimaios

t he

type used is usually engraved in roman capitals.

As for the number plates & the toponymy, there are no official rules that apply to historical plaques. We can only establish characteristics based on frequency of appearence.


3.1 la “ Pelle ” starck


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the grid system

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type system t he

typefaces used are Bauer Bodoni Black for the red headers and a Rounded Grotesk for the main text.


iconography system t he

type of iconography used on these signs is vectorised outlines coloured in red.


dynamic & renewable systemsâ&#x20AC;&#x2030;: creating awareness around the street


1. tourist guides


area color code

paragraph numbering

text area

special text box

reccomended walking route (1 per section: appears in right column of right page)

divider

area in Paris

page number

Sans serif font for running text, with bold font for headline. Different sans serif for area name running vertically (perhaps , short paragraphs at varying lengths the grid system t he

iconography used on these signs is vectorised etches.

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type systems


iconography system t he

iconography used is either photographic

or cartographic.


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Metro stations & free newspaper distribution


storytelling in space / putting the story in history


Our work will be to bring the Folkloric identity of the street to life. We intend to use a various amount of already existing systems to do so. Our intension is to surface what has been forgotten due to the major systems of the city of Paris


La sorcière de la rue Mouffetard  

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