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François Chaslin, born in 1948, is an architect and critic who currently teaches at the School of Architecture in Lille, France. He is a frequent contributor to the influential French daily Le Monde, the weekly news and comment magazine Nouvel Observateur and the progressive daily Libération, as well as a wide variety of other publications throughout the world. Chaslin was editor-in-chief of Cahiers de la Recherche Architecturale, deputy editor of Techniques et Architecture, and, from 1987 to 1994, editor-in-chief of L' Architecture d' Aujourd'hui. From 1980 to 1987 he was director of exhibitions and the public information department of the French Institute of Architecture (IFA), head of mission for the architectural research department of the French Ministry of Urbanism and an architectural researcher for the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Chaslin has also authored numerous works including Les Paris de François Mitterrand and Une Haine Monumentale concerning the shameful destruction of the cities of the former Yugoslavia.

Whither the avant-garde?
by Francois Chaslin

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