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Moreover, the European idea did not advance individual rulers, who commissioned ideal plans for their personal interests—such as Filarete's plan for Sforzinda, an ideal city named after his protector, Francesco Sforza—or plans for Paris and Berlin that were partially executed under successive monarchs. Architects, meanwhile, concerned themselves with military, social, and economic problems rather than with visions for Europe. Until the end of the nineteenth century, visionary plans for European unification did not include the design of a capital but contained statements regarding the choice of single or multiple headquarters; until the rise of the nation-states in the nineteenth century and the dominance of single, monumental capitals, single and polycentric capitals appear to have been considered as equally possible.

Before the architectural debates over this most recent location could become any louder, the French government withdrew the site proposal and asked the architects to prepare a new plan for the earlier location, removing all planning requirements except the height limitation. 6). The construction of the UNESCO building highlights the difficulties of connecting international institutions to concrete places. The organization requested a visible architectural presence that would fulfill its functional needs, but the city of Paris was primarily concerned with the preservation of the Envisioning the Center 35 Fig.

This conviction also was affirmed by the various European capital projects of the time, conceived by both idealistic private parties and, eventually, at the behest of the three European communities themselves in 1952 and 1958. ) The most notable of the independently generated proposals were three visionary projects for transnational or extraterritorial districts: for Wissembourg/Weissenburg in Alsace; the Saarland in Germany; and a potential district that would border Luxembourg, France, and Germany.

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