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^ The original design was rejected and buildings that will sit there might be shorter in the end, but there will be something, possibly tall that NIMBYs will strike over and over for any stupid reason. It's being discussed by the municipal authorities at the moment. They claim the view from the Mont Valérien should be preserved, yet Suresnes is not such a gem of a suburban town. It's pretty random to us all, not like there would be so much heritage to preserve right there.

I predict Hermitage Plaza in la Défense will be NIMBYs' Trojan Horse that will ruin their harmful cause for good. We no longer can afford to cancel every mixed-use or residential high-rise project just to satisfy a little handful of retarded NIMBYs. At some point, development must prevail. Period.


I agree. But the "architectes des monuments de France" are part of the negociations and trust me, they WONT let anything higher than 50m happen.
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Paris Project Brings Urban Renewal Along the Seine

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Adjacent to the Pont d'Issy bridge on the south bank of the Seine, the latest urban development scheme in Paris is taking shape. The move to beautify the entrance to the city has been guided by the vision of Loci Anima and Arte Charpentier Architects, who have proposed replacing the aging office buildings along the river with towers of contemporary building typologies.

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This is the trend badly getting on my nerves for now.





















Thanks to our Maza for these... He is sorry even more than I am about these.

That's in Puteaux, a few blocks away from la Défense.
Actually, much of la Défense sits on Puteaux's territory.

What the hell are they thinking? That they could ever become the 16th arrondissement from those poor buildings?

Hell, wait, can I get a goddamn picture of the local mayor that belongs to the local political, family mob?
Heck, yeah! Here.



Bwahahahahaha!.. Oh gosh, I won't do any more comment. I could go too mean right now.

Oh, the old bitch that no one could sleep with, except for someone starving who would've spent 20 years in prison is from the French conservative party, most obviously.
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^ This commentary is hilarious. Sad to see that classic revivalism isn't only a scourge in the States.
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Tour Montparnasse is getting a makeover

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Poste du Louvre project well on its way !

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You see, the inner city is just incorrigible. These are mere reminders of the great old structures of les Halles described in famous, epic and somewhat hilarious (for Zola had a bad sense of humor) novel Le Ventre de Paris that were made of hardbutt casting, that they demolished sometime in the late 1960s or early 70s when they all moved to Rungis for something way larger.

The move to Rungis was absolutely necessary and unavoidable. The old wholesale market was much too small and retarded given our needs.

Now tearing down the old casting/steel structures at the heart of the city? Not so sure it was a good idea after all, when I see these renderings today. They're full of silly nostalgia.

There are still some of these original structures. Rail terminals still feature them, for example.
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OMA, MAD Among 7 Architects Selected in Competition to Redesign Tour Montparnasse

OMA, MAD Among 7 Architects Selected in Competition to Redesign Tour Montparnasse

17 October, 2016
by Patrick Lynch



The Ensemble Immobilier Tour Maine-Montparnasse (EITMM) has selected 7 notable firms to continue to the second round in a competition for the renovation of Tour Montparnasse in the Montparnasse district of Paris, France.

Often cited as one of the architecture world’s most hated buildings, Tour Montparnasse has been criticized for its discordance with the Parisian urban landscape – just two years after its completion, new buildings over seven stories high in the city centre were banned, leaving the tower as an alien presence on the skyline.

With the launching of the competition, the EITMM hopes to transform Tour Montparnasse into a beloved landmark with a complete renovation of the facade, the building entry and all interior spaces. The budget for the project is estimated to reach over 300 million Euro ($330 million USD), and will be funded in entirety by the building owners.



After receiving inquiries from over 700 interested candidates, the list has been narrowed down to 7 multi-disciplinary teams, who will now design proposals that are “capable of giving a powerful, innovative, dynamic and ambitious new identity to the famous Parisian landmark, whilst integrating the challenges of usage, comfort and energy performance to the highest levels.”

The 7 selected architects are as follows:

Architecture Studio (France)
Dominique Perrault Architecture (France)
MAD Architects (China) + DGLA (France)
nAOM (Franklin Azzi Architecture / Chartier Dalix / Hardel-Lebihan Architectes) (France)
OMA (The Netherlands)
PLP Architecture (UK)
Studio Gang (USA)
The firms were selected by representatives for the Tower co-owners. “The 7 agencies were selected for their reliability, expertise, audacity and their understanding of the challenges we face,” remarked one stakeholder.

The second stage of the competition is now underway, as the seven teams will now prepare their proposals to be submitted in March 2017. The list will then be narrowed down to 2 finalists, with a winner expected to be selected in July 2017. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019, with completion coming in 2023.

The competition is the first step in a much larger plan, Demain Montparnasse, aimed at “restoring the surrounding property’s role as a modern and accessible urban centre in the heart of Paris’s left bank.”

News via Demain Montparnasse.
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Reinventing Paris

The préfecture de Paris on Boulevard Morland is situated on the banks of the River Seine in the 4th arrondissement. The building, which originally housed city administration, was completed in the early 1960s by the architect Albert Laprade. Together with the Paris-based developer Emerige, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin won a competition to restore and redevelop the site, which was part of a wider city-led urban regeneration initiative, calling for innovative projects for 23 urban Parisian sites. The existing complex comprises a 16-storey high-rise tower flanked by two 9-storey wings, which form a square facing the boulevard. The urban block is closed towards the Seine by a central extension structure and a row of turn-of-the-century buildings.





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ZAC Bercy-Charenton (2025)
12th arrondissement

Between the railway tracks going to Gare de Lyon, Périphérique beltway a new district is underway.
This redevelopment of brownfield will improve the link between the part of Bercy located in the 12th arrondissement and in Charenton.
Today it's impossible to go on foot from one part to another without a long detour.
Currently walking takes about 40 minutes or 3.2 km to go from Bercy village to Bercy 2 when there is less than 1 km separating the two malls.

ZAC Bercy-Charenton will house 9,000 inhabitants and have 13,000 jobs.







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Old Posted Dec 10, 2016, 8:38 AM
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Ongoing renovation of a large residential complex from the 70s along avenue de Flandre, 19th arrondissement.



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Source: http://www.atelierslion.com

Only 2 buildings seem affected for now. They're still seeking a funding deal for the remaining towers. It must be a little complicated for the complex mixes condos with affordable/social housing.

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The project is mostly functional, to improve thermal insulation. Buildings from that era (60s/70s) perform very poorly in that matter, thus stand as a main source of power waste and pollution over the country.

These buildings are a bit symbolic of the overall process cause they stand out in the skyline of the arrondissement, but you may see hundreds of such renovations over Greater Paris and other cities of the country. It's just taking forever cause there's a lot of buildings to treat.
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Forget about artsy things or any kind of sophistication, poetry's dead over here.







Kind of gross, 100% utilitarian, 110% grouchy French Commie. This is Nanterre...

Mostly some hotel rooms with offices by lower floors. You'll understand the sketch.



Some interiors.





The "panoramic viewpoint" is lying anyway. I guess the Eiffel will hardly be visible from there. Instead, they'll have la Défense's towers, which is cool as well, but I guess the Eiffel's still trendy like something marketing.

Now ground level.



The only way it's looking alright.

Bah, this just leaves one in a meh. But at least, they're extending the high-rise cluster towards Nanterre, and foreign executives and tourists will have some better views on the cluster.
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Paris Plans 7 Skyscrapers to Steal Away British Companies After Brexit

Sydney Franklin - March 1, 2017

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http://architizer.com/blog/paris-pla...w-skyscrapers/

Paris is preparing to secure a new reputation as Europe’s central business hub by building seven skyscrapers by big-name architects in the La Défense district. In an effort to win over companies from post-Brexit London, the city called upon the likes of JEAN Nouvel and Foster + Partners to design alluring and inviting architectural gems.

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron announced the proposal during a press conference in London last week, where he touted a new marketing strategy for La Défense. The campaign’s slogan, “Tired of the Fog? Try the Frogs!,” is meant to attract their target audience — bankers, academics and researchers — to hop across the pond into more lucrative territory.
Thanks to Brexit, many London-based companies, especially financial firms, are concerned about losing their rights to trade freely across the European Union. According to the International Monetary Fund, Paris ranks as the world’s sixth largest economy. Forty percent of employees who work in La Défense are employed by overseas companies, meaning this near-400-acre area west of the city’s capital — with its 72 glass and STEEL BUILDINGS — is already a global community in and of itself.

Defacto, the agency behind the campaign for La Défense, plans to enhance the district by making way for 375,000 square meters [4 million square feet] of new office space as well as restaurants and co-working spaces. The addition of these seven new superstructures would mark the first time Paris has built any buildings taller than 100 meters [328 feet] in over 40 years. Several other skyscrapers are also planned for the district, including Les Jardins de l’Arche by Jean Mas of 2/3/4 Architecture. Should they get the go-ahead, the projects could be completed by 2021.













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Also on a smaller scale :

French Newspaper group Le Monde is building its new headquarters and hired Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta







And a few new office buildings under construction in the same area :

By 2/3/4/ Architecture firm





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