Blouet determined to use architecture to further social and moral aims, and his ideas were developed from those of François-Marie-Charles Fourier (1772–1837) and Claude-Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon (1760–1825). In 1836 he toured America to look at prisons, and on his return (1839) designed a number of formal corrective institutions, including the penal-farm colony at Mettray, near Tours. He became an authority on the design of prisons. His utilitarian aims were promoted through his teaching, and in 1846 he succeeded L. -P. Baltard as Professor of the Theory of Architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts, a post he held until his death. In 1847 he commenced work on the Supplément à la traité théorique et pratique de l'art de bâtir de Jean Rondelet, essentially a catalogue of early C19 achievements in engineering.
Middleton & and Watkin (1987)
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