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    This is a long that I didn't update this thread.

    So the latest new is two supertall in La Defense.
    The old project of Hermitage towers were cancelled and remplaced by two 323m towers. (1,060ft)

    Foster+Partners announce design for bustling new district in French capital




    Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a sunny public plaza at its heart. Revealed by Foster + Partners at MIPIM in Cannes, the project incorporates two 323-metre-high buildings – the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe – which will establish a distinctive symbol for this new urban destination on the Paris skyline.
    The result of a close collaboration with EPAD, the City of Courbevoie, Atelier de Paysage Urbain and Département de Hauts-de-Seine, the project is intended to inject life into the area east of La Défense by creating a sustainable, high-density community. Due to start on site in 2010 and complete by the end of 2014, the two towers accommodate a hotel, spa, panoramic apartments, offices and serviced apartments, as well as shops at the base.
    Forming two interlocking triangles on plan, the buildings face one another at ground level. Open and permeable to encourage people to walk through the site, the towers enclose a public piazza which establishes the social focus. As they rise, the towers transform, turning outward to address views across Paris. The glazed façade panels catch the light, the sun animating different facets of the buildings as it changes direction throughout the day. The angle of the panels promotes self-shading and vents can be opened to draw fresh air inside, contributing to an environmental strategy that targets a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating. The diagrid structure is not only highly efficient - doing more with less - but it emphasises the elegant proportions of the towers.
    A crystal-shaped podium building contains office space, with two detached satellite buildings housing a gallery and auditorium that further extend the public realm. The piazza – created by burying the existing busy road beneath a landscaped deck – slopes gently downward to the water’s edge, which is lined with new cafés and restaurants. Locking into the existing Courbevoie and EPAD masterplans, the project will reinforce the regeneration of the riverfront. Norman Foster said: “Hermitage Plaza will create a 24-hour community that will regenerate the riverfront and inject new life into a predominantly commercial part of the city. A light catching addition to the Paris skyline, the development will also provide a public piazza that leads down to the river’s edge to create a new destination for the city.”

    http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com...pload_id=11286








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    Foster loves those diagrids. And isnt that the bishopsgate tower from London in the first image behind the project in question.

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    Architects reveal plans to redesign Paris

    Responses to Nicolas Sarkozy's vision for a new 'Grand Paris' include a verdant landscape like New York's Central Park, and a system of motorways through the city centre

    Agnès Poirier, Friday 13 March 2009 12.55 GMT


    Parisian architect Roland Castro's vision for a greener Paris in La Courneuve. Photograph: Castro Denisoff/AFP/Getty Images


    Today, French president Nicolas Sarkozy will receive the ten architects selected to create Le Grand Paris. Richard Rogers is one of them. Earlier this week, they each gave a 30-minute presentation of their visions. The task is herculean, the mission quasi-impossible, but the challenge absolutely irresistible for any ambitious architect.
    For he or she knows that, as Paul Goldberger writes in the New York Times, "politics and architecture have always been inseparable in this city". And that "Parisians, with their long and deep commitment to the idea that the city is in the most profound sense a public place, feel that Paris is very much their own possession."
    The most visited city in the world, here is a capital whose great talent has been to interweave the grandeur of its official buildings with the everyday charm of its many quartiers. Or as ex-Parisian and writer Adam Gopnik puts it in his book Paris to the Moon: "Paris marries both the voluptuous and the restricted. It is not the yeses but the noes of Paris, not the licences it offers love but the prohibitions it puts in its way that make it powerful. "
    The challenge however is not to reshape Paris, but rather to extend its inherent beauty to its outskirts, les banlieues – a web of small villages, some terribly grand and chic (Neuilly, Versailles, Saint Mandé, Vincennes, Saint Germain-en-Laye), others modest and provincial-looking (Montreuil, Pantin, Malakoff, Montrouge, Saint Gervais) and others still, socially ravaged and architecturally dehumanised (La Courneuve, Clichy-sous-bois). And also to link them. But how do you bring together so many different styles and the city's "enormous disparity", as Richard Rogers calls it, into one Grand Paris – especially when the city is so clearly defined geographically by its gates, shadows of former fortifications, and now le périphérique, the circular road encasing Paris? The simple answer is: by being bold. But also by understanding the fabric of French society and its psyche.
    The different sketches and 3D renditions of the ten projects make audacious and compelling viewing. Antoine Grumbach proposes to build the Greater Paris along the Seine right up to the harbour of Le Havre. He may have taken inspiration from Napoleon who once said: "Paris-Rouen-Le Havre: one single city with the Seine as its main road." Water is also an idea the Italians Bernardo Secchi and Paola Vigano have developed: their Paris is laid out as a "sponge" in which waterways are the new motorways. Christophe de Portzamparc proposes to build four "archipelagoes" and create the biggest European rail station in the north suburb of Aubervilliers. Yves Lion offers the vision of a Paris engulfed in forests and fields where every citizen would cultivate their own vegetable patch. Richard Rogers offers to cover up railway lines that dissect the city by placing huge green spaces and networks above them. In the most brutalist, Le Corbusier-esque project, the Dutch practice MVRDV imagines a tower-block in place of the Sorbonne and motorways cutting through the heart of Paris.
    As a Parisian born and bred, I thought the most convincing presentation came from Parisian architect and sometime presidential candidate Roland Castro. He seems the only one to really understand the Parisian mentality, the importance of architecture and politics, grandeur and charm, poetry and citizenship. He not only suggests moving the Elysée Palace to the tough north-eastern suburbs, but also proposes to create new cultural landmarks and governmental buildings, together with a New York-style Central Park on the grim housing project of La Courneuve. The idea is to inject grandeur (as conveyed by the cultural and official institutions) and if possible, beauty, to Paris's many environs.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesi...paris-redesign

    Some pictures

    Christian de Portzamparc


    Rogers


    Antoine Grumbach


    Lin Finn Geipel


    Studio O9


    If you want more information about these project look at this site
    http://www.legrandparis.culture.gouv.fr

    There is many PDF file, some are very huge (over 300 mb)
    I quite like Roger project.
    He want a dense big city with the suburbs, city with more public transportation, many skyscraper districts...
    I think he understand quite well paris and its suburbs.

    I didn't read other project, The 360 pages PDF of Rogers projects was enouth for today.

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    Wow!


    Project in Paris Reflects City’s Ambitions for the Suburbs

    By PETER SIGAL


    Emerige
    Renderings of two residential buildings, the left one designed by the firm of Christian Biecher, the other by MAD.


    Paris Batignolles Amenagement
    The Clichy Batignolles development in northwest Paris, named for two adjoining neighborhoods.

    PARIS — The Paris of grand monuments, stately boulevards and haute cuisine is justly famous. But the city is also the hub of the world’s fifth-largest economy, with more than two million people grappling with 21st-century problems of global competitiveness, immigration and assimilation, and a chronic shortage of affordable housing.

    In response, the city government has begun an ambitious program of large-scale, mixed-use developments on the periphery. The goals are twofold: creating an engine for economic growth while preserving the Belle Époque Paris beloved by tens of millions of tourists; and integrating the prosperous city with struggling inner-ring suburbs, or banlieues.

    Though France, and much of Europe, remains mired in economic malaise, one such development, the Clichy Batignolles project in northwest Paris, is gaining momentum this year after more than a decade of planning.

    The first residents moved in last fall, the second phase of a much-loved and much-needed park is close to completion, an office complex that will be owned by the New York real estate company Tishman Speyer is seeking tenants, and site preparation is nearly done for a soaring courthouse designed by Renzo Piano’s studio that will be one of the tallest buildings in Paris.

    Mr. Piano first made his mark in Paris with the radical Pompidou Center in the mid-1970s. He acknowledged that the courthouse and the Clichy Batignolles project were taking Paris in a different direction — but a necessary one, he argued in an interview at his Paris workshop.

    “We are celebrating a shift in the history of the town,” he said. “We are bringing the fertilizing elements to the periphery. You are changing something, and changing something is not easy.”
    By the numbers, the 133-acre project is impressive for any city: 12,700 projected jobs; 3,400 housing units, subsidized and market-rate; 1.5 million square feet of office space; 410,000 square feet of public facilities, including schools; 334,000 square feet of shops and services — and 90 courtrooms and offices to accommodate some 8,000 people a day in the 524-foot-tall courthouse.

    Garbage and recyclables will be collected with a system of pneumatic tubes, sharply cutting emissions and odors. Buildings with “green” roofs with vegetation, slabs of photovoltaic cells and geothermal heating point to an ambitious goal of carbon neutrality.

    The project will offer commuters and residents a range of transportation options, including two new Metro stations, an extension of the tramway that nearly circles the city, a regional rail station and a 600-space underground parking garage.

    But Paris being Paris, the prospect of high-rise offices, glossy apartment blocks and a large influx of low-income housing has not been received with great enthusiasm.

    Brigitte Kuster, the maire, or mayor, of the 17th Arrondissement, protested that the area already had a large amount of subsidized housing, said Hubert Jamault, her chief of staff. Ms. Kuster, he said, “is not against the construction of social housing, but she does not want all the difficulties to be concentrated in the same place.”

    Now, he said, after a petition drive, appeals to the city council and “numerous” public meetings with the city, her concerns have largely been addressed.

    The decision to allow buildings up to 50 meters tall (about 160 feet) “has been the subject of a broad dialogue with local residents,” said Anne Hidalgo, a deputy mayor of Paris and a champion of the project. (The courthouse is an exception.)

    Ms. Hidalgo, a leading candidate for mayor in elections next year, said the height of the buildings would be in proportion to the park — similar to Central Park in New York — and would allow for innovative architecture, and views and light for inhabitants.

    “I’m quite happy with the results,” Ms. Hidalgo said via e-mail, “which offer Paris a new neighborhood that is ecological, a pleasant place to live, innovative in all ways, very Parisian, and resolutely turned toward the future.”

    Clichy Batignolles, named for the adjoining neighborhoods, was first planned in 2001 under Mayor Bertrand Delanoë of Paris and Ms. Hidalgo, said Didier Bailly, director general of Paris Batignolles Aménagement, the corporation formed to oversee much of the project.

    In the subsequent years, transportation, housing and office components were added, and — reminiscent of the Hudson Yards development in Manhattan — the site became a centerpiece of Paris’s bid for the 2012 Olympics, which were captured by London.

    By 2008, Mr. Bailly said, all the components of the project were in place with the deal to build the courthouse. That year, though, the persistent recession that the French call “la crise” struck.

    “The crisis means that investors are extremely demanding,” Mr. Bailly said. “They have means, but they’re very attentive to how it’s invested; they want to ensure the safety of their investment.”

    Some developers have delayed building in Clichy Batignolles, hoping that the market will improve. No large commercial tenants have yet committed to the project.

    Tishman Speyer, for one, is confident enough in the project, and the French economy, to have invested about 200 million euros (about $260 million) in two office buildings — even before work started and any tenants had signed on. The project, called Pont Cardinet, will offer a total of about 25,000 square meters (about 270,000 square feet) of office space and is expected to be finished early next year.

    Michael P. Spies, the head of European operations for Tishman Speyer, declined to say what asking rents would be, except to say they would be at a “substantial discount” to rents in central Paris, which can exceed 800 euros a square meter (about $100 per square foot).

    “This has been in the making for many, many years,” Mr. Spies said, “and now its time has come.”

    Leasing is being handled in part by CBRE, which hopes to have tenants by the end of the year, said Laurent Lehmann, the head of marketing for CBRE in France. He described the Paris office market as “not too bad,” adding that rents were at or slightly below 2011 levels, and that landlords were still offering incentives like free rent periods or upgrades to spaces.

    A report by CBRE found that average rents for new or renovated offices in the Île de France region, which includes Paris, declined by 1.3 percent year over year, to 295 euros per square meter (about $36 per square foot) as of Jan. 1. Rents in the most desirable buildings in central Paris — with which Pont Cardinet hopes to compete — were up 3 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter, to 771 euros per square meter (about $93 per square foot).

    In comparison, asking rents for Class A office space in Manhattan are about $70 per square foot, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

    “One thing we like about the Cardinet project,” Mr. Spies said, “is that these are low-rise buildings that can be delivered in a very short time and really suit the marketplace. Risk grows the further out you look.”

    Emerige, a developer of two residential buildings on the site, has taken steps to minimize risk, said Laurent Dumas, the chief executive. One building will have 48 units of subsidized housing, and will be sold to a company that will manage it and rent it out. The other, a market-rate building, will have 79 apartments for sale. The project was designed jointly by the firm of the French architect Christian Biecher, and MAD, a Chinese firm.

    The choice of MAD was an effort to tap the lucrative Chinese market, Mr. Dumas said. He added that he had fielded many calls from potential Chinese buyers, even though construction had not yet started.

    The units are expected to sell for an average of 12,000 euros per square meter, or about $1,450 per square foot. By comparison, the average price per square foot for new condominiums in Manhattan is $1,332 per square foot, according to the real estate company Douglas Elliman.

    Clichy Batignolles’s town square is the 25-acre Martin Luther King Park, the first section of which opened in 2007. The park includes age-segregated playgrounds, a skateboard park, community gardens — and that Parisian rarity, an absence of “Pelouse interdite,” or “Keep off the grass” signs.

    A second section scheduled to open early next year will have a more naturalistic bent, with a lily pond stocked with carp and ringed by cattails and reeds, an exercise course through a forest, and a tree-lined promenade.

    If the park is Clichy Batignolles’s town square, the new courthouse will be its city hall. The building, scheduled to open in 2017, consists of three receding blocks set atop a grand podium. It will house the Tribunal de Grande Instance, or lower court, as well as district courts now attached to each arrondissement.

    The French builder Bouygues Construction, a subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, will be the developer of the 575 million-euro project, in a so-called public-private partnership. In conceiving the building, Mr. Piano said he thought of it as a “machine of justice” serving all parts of society. Nearly full-floor windows and an active system of blinds will give the courthouse a crystalline and luminous aspect, he said, in contrast to a typical monolithic hall of justice.

    “The idea,” he said, “is to create trust, not by intimidation but by a sense of light and openness.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/r...7/AW2q6+KeyFTw

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