In one of the oldest parts of paris lies a street full of [hi]stories
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la rue mouffetardâ€‰: 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.
la rue mouffetardâ€‰: 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 placeâ€‰: 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 & itâ€™s nice bars & pubs.
la rue mouffetardâ€‰: 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 ”.
la rue mouffetardâ€‰: the tales in the stones
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.
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 implementâ€‰?
static systemsâ€‰: the street itself / signs & symbols to know it by
5Ă¨me Arrt street name (35cm x 40cm < size < 50cm x 100cm)
The only system used for the toponymy of the city concerns the way the signs are placed on walls.
“ chronological ” & implementary systems
street name (35cm x 40cm < size < 50cm x 100cm)
number ( < 50cm x 24cm)
number ( < 8cm x 12cm)
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€‰: enamelled steel sheets.
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
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
the grid system
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€‰: creating awareness around the street
1. tourist guides
area color code
special text box
reccomended walking route (1 per section: appears in right column of right page)
area in Paris
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.
iconography system t he
iconography used is either photographic
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
Published on Oct 13, 2010