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Old May 29th, 2009, 09:33 PM   #2041
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They opened the first shop (Habitat) of the upper basement but there is still a lot of work to do.
The underground link with the metro/RER/suburbain train station, the exterior... are not finished.

This will link the CNIT at La Defense Grande Arche station
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Old June 8th, 2009, 03:43 PM   #2042
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ZAC Massena
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Old June 8th, 2009, 06:46 PM   #2043
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The CNIT is currently undergoing a major renovation. The last renovation at that building was in the late 1980s. The only part of the renovation to my knowledge is the opening of new shops within the basement floors.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #2044
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nice project, thanks Minato
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Old June 11th, 2009, 02:56 AM   #2045
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A new district is going to be built near the Batignolles, in the 17th arrondissement (this is 9 km/5.5 miles from the ZAC Massena district u/c shown by Minato Ku in his last post). This new district near the Batignolles (not to be confused with Minato Ku's ZAC Massena then) is one of the last remaining undevelopped areas inside the City of Paris. It was until recently covered with rail yards and railway warehouses.

A tower is planned to "punctuate" this new district and make it visible from afar. It was recently announced that the Paris court of first intance (known in French as TGI), which has the same role as both a county court and a magistrates' court (i.e. it judges most civil and criminal cases within the City of Paris), would be moved to that new district to be built near the Batignoles, possibly occupying the tower that is planned there. The TGI has been located at the Palace of Justice (the former medieval Royal Palace) on the Isle of the Cité since the 13th century, but they are forced to move out due to a lack of space. It will be something of a revolution when they move out to the less central 17th arrondissement. The Paris Court of Appeal (Greater Paris's appellate court) and the Court of Cassation (France's supreme court) will remain at the venerable Palace of Justice, occupying the whole palace after the TGI moves out. The TGI, on the other hand, will be (if insiders are right) housed in a 21st century skyscraper bordering the Périphérique freeway, only a stone's throw from the "banlieue", which is greatly symbolic. Last but not least, Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that the "Quai des Orfèvres", Paris's equivalent of Scotland Yard, will also be moved from the medieval Isle of the Cité to this new district, in mid-rise buildings at the foot of the tower.

Line 14 of the Paris Métro, the most modern and driverless Paris Métro line, will be extended towards northern Paris, and two Métro stations on the extension will serve this new district: Pont Cardinet station and Porte de Clichy station.

Here is a map showing the new district to be built (the red area is where the relocation of the TGI is being planned):


A tentative rendering of the new district, with the tower near the Périphérique visible in the background:


Another tentative rendering. The tower is to the right of the district, alongside the Périphérique. You can see La Défense on the horizon to the left.


Ground rendering, with the tower in the background:


Rue Cardinet now:


Rue Cardinet when the new district is fully developped:


Extension of line 14 of the Paris Métro, showing Pont Cardinet and Porte de Clichy stations that will serve the new district. Porte de Clichy station (where the TGI tower is planned) will be only 11 minutes from Châtelet station (in the very center of Paris, just across the Seine from the venerable Palace of Justice).

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Old June 11th, 2009, 11:32 PM   #2046
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I see that they will not cover the railtracks as in the earlier projects (ZAC Batignolles is where was the Olympic village in Paris 2012 candidature).

ZAC Batignolles (17th arrondissement, northweastern inner Paris)
I was suprised that some part of the park already exist.
The TGI tower should be at the intersection between Boulevard Douaumont and avenue de la Porte de Clichy.





ZAC Massena (13th arrondissement, southeastern inner Paris)
Here in ZAC Massena, they will cover the tracks between the existing covered part and boulevard Massena.
Avenue de France will join boulevard Massena.


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Old June 12th, 2009, 06:03 PM   #2047
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Paris is such a pluralistic city, and what defines a global city imo. So much new architecture with so much old.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:46 AM   #2048
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An article published yesterday in the Financial Times:
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Paris is quick to exploit London’s time of weakness

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July 2, 2009

The disappointment was tangible when Paris, the hot favourite in the race to host the 2012 Olympic Games, lost out to London four years ago. But Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, now hopes to get his own back by taking advantage of London’s current difficulties provoked by the financial crisis. In short, he is prepared to invest about €50bn ($71bn) to transform Paris and its suburban regions into a vibrant modern economic hub.

This week, he confirmed his intention of accelerating ambitious plans to link the capital’s historic centre more closely with its scattered suburbs to create what he calls “le Grand Paris”. This will involve a whole host of new construction and transport projects that will clearly provide a much-needed stimulus to the economy. There are also grand plans to expand the business district of La Défense to attract more banks, insurance companies and other corporate citizens.

Meanwhile, the Paris Europlace organisation, grouping all the great and the good of French finance and industry, has been intensifying its lobbying to enhance the image and reputation of Paris as a modern international financial centre. Its obvious target is to try to capture some of the financial business that is now flowing out of London’s Square Mile by mounting a challenge to London’s lead in financial services.

For if ever there was a time to build and develop a European financial centre to rival London this is clearly it. The reputation of the City of London, and Wall Street for that matter, has taken a beating. Banks and other financial institutions have been making scores of people redundant, many of whom have now left London. Rival European centres such as Paris or Frankfurt now see their chance to recapture some of the business that had been steadily moving to London during the past two decades.

Paris certainly has a stronger case today than in the pre-crisis period. It has held up better than many other financial centres during this crisis. It has other advantages such as its geographical position and its easy high-speed rail connections to London, Brussels, Geneva, Amsterdam and now Frankfurt. It is full of smart people and fine restaurants.

Above all, it has always had governments and presidents only too willing to invest in grand projects to leave their legacy in the history books. In this respect, Mr Sarkozy is no different to the late Socialist president François Mitterrand. French presidents have traditionally been good at launching big projects and their citizens seem to like them, especially if it offers, as is the current case, an opportunity of getting even with the British.

Yet London has an embedded advantage that Paris will have trouble overcoming. Simply put, it is a question of language and culture. For English – not French – has become the universal language of business and culturally London is better suited than Paris as an international financial centre. Whatever they may say, the French remain fundamentally suspicious of wealth and their governments are interventionist by nature. Even a self-proclaimed moderniser such as Mr Sarkozy is still reluctant to do away with the country’s controversial wealth tax. He is also an ardent critic of what he calls “financial capitalism”.

Far from growing, the financial industry, if anything, is shrinking. The immediate challenge for London is to minimise the amount of business flowing out of the Square Mile back to European centres such as Paris or Frankfurt.

This could undoubtedly constitute a far bigger threat than the emergence of large new Asian financial centres such as Shanghai. For in a 24-hour global trading system, it will always be necessary to have a leading financial centre based in Europe. This is the position London needs to protect.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:53 AM   #2049
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I read that UK has the fourth-highest tax rate in the developed world. Perhaps this will also play into Paris' hands, ne c'est pas ?
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 08:36 AM   #2050
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(Paris) "It is full of smart people and fine restaurants."
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 10:51 AM   #2051
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Come on, if the Brits say it, so it is necessarily true !!!!
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 04:09 PM   #2052
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I read that UK has the fourth-highest tax rate in the developed world. Perhaps this will also play into Paris' hands, ne c'est pas ?
It depends which tax rate you're talking about.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 07:46 PM   #2053
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It depends which tax rate you're talking about.
I don't know. I read this in Bloomberg Magazine and they did not clarify which particular tax. I assumed they were referring to overall taxes.
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Old July 4th, 2009, 02:18 AM   #2054
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Ok, so about that, I think France is worst than UK....
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Old July 5th, 2009, 09:21 PM   #2055
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Tour Fiducial | 126m | 38 floors (Proposal)

New Project: Tour Fiducial (Proposal)
Height: 126m
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Old July 13th, 2009, 03:36 PM   #2056
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Old July 13th, 2009, 03:45 PM   #2057
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elle est bien cette tour
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Old July 17th, 2009, 08:55 PM   #2058
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Old July 17th, 2009, 08:57 PM   #2060
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News of the 323m (1,060ft) Hermitage Towers. According to the French forumer Sinha, the exterior design of the towers has been validated, but Foster and Partners are still working on the interior spaces (more offices could be added in one of the two mixed towers if there is demand for it).

Concerning financing, 40% of it has already been secured (Swiss investors essentially, in particular UBS (Swiss Bank) which could locate its headquarters in the towers). Qatar is positioning itself to finance the rest of the tower.

According to Sinha's sources, Hermitage Group, the Russian developer, is apparently confident that the towers are going to be built just in time for the economic recovery. These two towers will not only be the tallest skyscrapers in France but also in Western Europe.








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