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Our podcast tells the story of Paul Otlet's World City in Geneva

May 15th, 2024
Véronique Stenger & David Glaser

Take a walk through the streets of Paul Otlet's World City, listening to our podcast. Through a dialogue between two protagonists and quotes from Paul Otlet writings, our podcast presents the origins and the development of his project of a World City, as astonishing as it is grandiose.

As early as 1920, Belgian lawyer, bibliographer and documentalist Paul Otlet imagined building a World City of peace between Ariana Park and the Perle du Lac in Geneva. He commissioned architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret to draw up the plans.

Railway station, airport, University City, World Museum and even a bridge over the harbor... Everything had been imagined to develop the activities of the League of Nations. But the project remained a dream...

This podcast was produced to accompany the exhibition "Dans les rues imaginaires de la Cité mondiale de Paul Otlet", presented in Ariana Park from April 16 to 21, 2024, in partnership with the Festival Histoire et Cité.

Concept and editing: Véronique Stenger, production and co-direction: David Glaser, sound illustration and co-direction: Laurence Dussey, mixing: David Glaser, voices: Alba Barandalla, Véronique Stenger, Yann Zombeck and David Glaser.

Thanks to Benjamin Rudio and Catherine Mathez of the Sound imaging department of the RTS (Radio Television Suisse SSR-SRG).

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