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Old December 21st, 2009, 02:57 AM   #2141
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What exactly does this Greater Paris region means?
A new political divison of the whole urbanized area of the metropolis?
No, at this point it's not a political reform, it's not the creation of the long awaited Greater Paris political authority covering Central Paris and its suburbs. This "Grand Paris" is only a company that will manage the construction of the giant 130 km Métro infrastructure around Central Paris, end of the story. I already explained it in posts #2088 and #2109 .

As for the creation of a Greater Paris political authority, at the moment it is in the doldrums. Local politicians are only feuding with each other, and the French government is not really keen to merge Paris with its suburbs, either because they fear it would give too much power to the Left, or because they don't have enough courage to override local politicians who are opposed to it. It will probably take several more suburban riots before those stupid politicians finally get real and create the long awaited Greater Paris political authority. It's only been 100 years since people talked about merging the City of Paris and its suburbs.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 03:03 AM   #2142
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I'm quite sceptical about this, much like the journalist here.
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Electric cars for Paris

Charles Bremner, Paris Correspondent for The Times
December 20, 2009



As a daily user of the excellent Vélib self-service bicycles of Paris, I find it hard to be optimistic over the latest transport revolution from Mayor Bertrand Delanoe: self-service electric cars.

Instant car rental already operates in many cities, including Paris. The novelty of Delanoe's scheme is its very ambitious scale and the use of all-electric vehicles. A week ago, Delanoe opened the "Autolib" project to tender from potential operators. Renault, Peugeot and Daimler are possible suppliers of the 3,000 vehicles, along with new specialised green vehicle firms.

If it works, in about 18 months time, Parisians and residents of near suburbs will be able to pick up an electric car with a card swipe at 1,000 stations day and night and drop it off at any any of them. This will cost about 15 euros a month plus four or five euros per half hour of rental.

Delanoe said that the eyes of the world would be on his pioneering venture but he acknowledged that it faced many unknowns. Like the Vélib bikes, the Autolib is meant to cut pollution.

Delanoe, an enthusiastic promoter of alternative transport, estimates that the availability of low-cost vehicles will encourage Parisians to give up car ownership, saving some 22,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

"This is a world first... We are starting a little revolution," Delanoe said earlier this month when he announced specifications for potential operators. "We have to change. We have to invent another way of moving around. It is a new concept for communal life."

The scheme is backed by conservative suburban councils as well as by Delanoe's Socialist party, but it is opposed by the Greens who are his allies in the capital's council. Even green vehicles will increase congestion, they say. "Encouraging the public to use any type of car instead of taking bicycles or public transport is a mistake," said Denis Baupin, a Green Deputy Mayor.

Delanoe replies that cars are necessary even in a city with good public transport. An additional reason, compared with London or New York, is the abysmal taxi service in Paris. Taxi drivers have been been opposing Delanoe's attempts to increase their numbers and of course they are opposed to the Autolib.

The city is drawing on its experience with its bicycles. The 21,000 Velibs have improved life for many Parisians and tourists, but since 2007, the scheme has cost far more than expected because of theft and vandalism. Eight thousand have been stolen so far and 18,000 damaged. To help pay for the losses, the city last month renegotiated its contract with JC Decaux, the company that runs the bike system.

There will be elaborate security on the cars and users will have to give a substantial credit card deposit, but Delanoe and the suburban mayors are counting on civic spirit as they wean residents away from cars. Drivers will be expected to leave vehicles clean and plug them in for recharging. They will have a short range of about 100 miles and they will be be clearly identified. This is supposed to discourage mistreatment and theft. But I fear that abuse will be substantial. You only have to see the way that people inflict mindless damage on the bikes. These cost 600 euros each while electric cars will run to thousands.

The pricing is designed to encourage short trips, such as shopping, collecting children or taking the famiy to places poorly served by public transport. Users can check for nearest available vehicles and parking slots on their mobile telephones or internet.

According to a city study, Paris-based cars spend 95 percent of their time parked. Only 40 percent of owners use their cars daily. Owners are estimated to spend an average 450 euros a month on their wheels.

Delanoe says the new Autolib managing agency has been flooded with initial applications. One group includes Avis, the SNCF railway and the RATP, the Paris transport authority. Let's hope it works.

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Old December 26th, 2009, 09:26 PM   #2143
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"Triangle" may beat Paris skyscraper ban

Modernist block would be first in 20 years to break 37m height limit.
By Geneviève Roberts in Paris

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The dainty pyramid outside the Louvre museum in Paris looks set to gain a giant sister. Towering at a height of 180m, the new pyramid, known as Projet Triangle, will be nine times the size of the edifice that greets visitors to the main courtyard of the Palais du Louvre.


With 50 storeys and 88,000 square metres of office space, the glass and metal structure designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron might be seen as Paris's answer to Lord Foster's Swiss Re building in the City of London, known affectionately as the Gherkin.

No skyscraper has been built in the French capital for almost 20 years, but today officials will vote on a modification to planning regulations that would enable the Triangle to be built at the Porte de Versailles, just inside the city's south-western walls.

Last summer, the Socialist Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, launched a controversial proposal to overturn a ban on high-rise buildings in a city where the Tour Montparnasse is a much-bemoaned blight on the skyline. The Triangle would be the first of six new skyscrapers to break the maximum 37m height limit on buildings.

However, Denis Baupin, the Deputy Mayor and a member of the Green Party, has criticised the proposals as "bling-bling architecture". He said: "We have already got one tower that adds to the city's radiance: the Eiffel Tower. No need for another one."

As the design has evolved, the Triangle – which would become the third-tallest structure in Paris after the Eiffel and Montparnasse tower has gained more detractors.

The original plan to incorporate a 400-bedroom hotel was scrapped in favour of extra office space. A single panoramic lift on the north face will take visitors up to the top of the tower, as opposed to the multiple elevators that were first put forward.

Philippe Goujon, a senior official of the ruling UMP party in the Vaugirard district, or 15th arrondissement, where the Triangle will be built, said: "Now it is a simple office project with nothing very original to see."

But one of Mr Delanoë's lieutenants, Anna Hidalgo, said: "Five thousand jobs will be created and visitors will be able to go up the tower and look out over Paris. And there will be a new 8,000-metre public garden."

The 20-metre-high Louvre pyramid was almost as controversial when built in 1989. Many people felt the futuristic creation of the Chinese-born US architect Ieoh Ming Pei clashed with the palace. It has also been the subject of urban Satanic legend; some people claimed it had 666 panes of glass – a myth repeated in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code – but it has 673.

After the vote on the Triangle, it will be the subject of a public inquiry next year. If all goes smoothly, the owner Unibail-Rodamco hopes to have it completed in 2013.

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The Triangle, a new 50-storey building planned for the Porte de Versailles area of Paris, could be completed by 2013, but critics attack it as 'bling architecture'
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Old December 27th, 2009, 05:20 PM   #2144
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The Louis Vuitton Foundation 's being born

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Height: 47m
Delivery: 2012
Status: U/C

16 november 2009

One of the « bigger plans » of building in France over 2009-2010, the Cultural centre of Foundation Louis Vuitton, so called Building Cloud all over its extravagant architectural form, has just taken birth physically with the beginning of jobs in September, 2009. This Cultural centre is intended to be a place of meeting between contemporary art and ancient art but also between Art and Science. Sendin partner of Baby (Puts together Vinci) has the load to put down 1500 tonnes of steel in one and a half month to remove it then 1100 tonnes on structure.
To these 2600 tonnes of H.A shall also add 600 tonnes of Welded Latticework.

Rendering by night

Mock-up

Pics from the site below(mid-november 09):







Website: http://www.sendin-sa.com/english/ent...ion=actualites

PS: the translation is not mine...
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Old December 27th, 2009, 06:25 PM   #2145
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A new render for La Défense in 2015/2016


http://www.lejdd.fr/JDD-Paris/Actual...efense-157597/
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Old December 27th, 2009, 09:58 PM   #2146
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So in love with those twin towers...

LA PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS (It's part of Le "Grand Paris" project)

"Starchitect" Jean Nouvel
Parc de la Villette ,site of the "Philharmonie de Paris" (currently under construction.)

Renderings X2: image hosted on flickr


PS:No pictures yet but as soon as I have some,I'll post them
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Old December 28th, 2009, 08:02 PM   #2147
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"Zamansky Tower" (rehabilitation completed in June 2009)

(Video already posted on the french forum)

VIDEO http://www.lemoniteur.fr/157-realisa...-ciel-parisien (MUST SEE)


VIDEO 2 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xaw...nement-su_news (20/10/09)



PS:the Zamansky tower is 95m high.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 02:39 PM   #2148
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France gets 'Pentagon à la française' bunker in Paris

France's defence minister on Thursday unveiled plans for a "Pentagon à la française", a centralised command and control centre based in Paris complete with bunker(delivery:2014)

27 Mar 2009

The defence ministry centre will bring together 10,000 staff from 15 separate command centres of France's air, land and sea forces into one compound in the south of Paris known as "le Pentagone".

The building, to be complete by 2014, will be a "major architectural gesture" and one "worthy of the 21st century and of the planet's fourth military power," said Hervé Morin, the defence minister.

Mr Morin and his aides will for the first time leave the ornate salons of the Hôtel de Brienne, the building where Charles de Gaulle set up his power base after the liberation of Paris, for the characterless Balard district next to the capital's southern ring road.

The aim, said Mr Morin, was to "create all the conditions for teamwork".

While the armed forces worked "together in operational theatres around the world", he said they were isolated "at the central level" in different "chapels".

He will be joined by the chiefs of staff of all the armed forces. The planning and operational command centre, which is today located in a bunker under boulevard Saint-Germain, will relocate there.

The cost of the new Pentagon will be 600 million euros (£560 million). The ministry will recoup money by selling off 12 of its former sites, but will keep hold of les Invalides, the Ecole Militaire and the recently restored Hôtel de la Marine on the Place de la Concorde.

Will the French Pentagon be looking like the american one or not at all...?

"Balard",future site where the french Pentagon will be built.

PS: 3 architects have been selected to design the french Pentagon: Foster et Partners for the Eiffage group,Dominique Perrault, for Vinci Concessions and Michelin & Wilmotte for Bouygues.

9 designs were actually issued but:
3 designs will be released in february 2010(from the 3 different architecture companies) and in January 2011 the winning design will be officially unveiled.

Demolition work: 2010
Construction work:2012
Delivery :2014
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Old December 31st, 2009, 06:42 AM   #2149
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Never heard of France getting its own Pentagon. Specifically where in the Paris Metropolitan Area is it going to be built? They should have selected a different shape, like a hexagon or an octagon? It's probably going to end up a white elephant.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 11:01 AM   #2151
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It will not be pentagon-shaped! It's called "le Pentagone" by the media because like its american counterpart, it will bring together the command centres of air, land and sea forces scattered all around the city. That's all!
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Old December 31st, 2009, 06:15 PM   #2152
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A new render for La Défense in 2015/2016
http://photo.lejdd.fr/media/images/j...-Hermitage.jpg
Blocks the view completely. It should be built in the center of the cluster, not in front of it.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 06:11 PM   #2153
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It will not be pentagon-shaped! It's called "le Pentagone" by the media because like its american counterpart, it will bring together the command centres of air, land and sea forces scattered all around the city. That's all!
Since the American pentagon is designed like these Italian pentagonal fortresses, maybe our "pentagon" would be like a star-shapped fortress that Vauban designed .
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 06:52 PM   #2154
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The building, to be complete by 2014, will be a "major architectural gesture" and one "worthy of the 21st century and of the planet's fourth military power," said Hervé Morin, the defence minister.

It says it all...I think we're right in saying that we might get something great...I'm pretty sure that the "Pentagon" will actually be a "hexagon"(would be logical)...

I look forward to finding this out... We now have to wait until Februray 2010 to take a closer look at the 3 selected projects.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 07:18 PM   #2155
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Aux Armes...... !!!

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I hope this Pentagon won't be on the current site of any good-looking buildings. It is undetermind if the Pentagon will actually be one of Paris's new landmarks of the future or a waste of space.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #2157
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Some pictures of the Paris Philarmonie under construction that I took today.

[img]http://i49.************/30lz9s6.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i47.************/35d56gy.jpg[/img]

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That's how it'll look when completed:




The architect, Jean Nouvel:


It frankly has the potential to be the new Bilbao Guggenheim of Europe.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 09:02 PM   #2158
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Thanks for the pictures brisavoine!
This will really become,together with Louis Vuitton Foundation, a new symbol for modern Paris.
My only wish was to see Morphosis' tower in La Defense U\C at the the same time these ones...it would be a trinity of contemporary architecture
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Waou!!!

Thank you very much indeed Brisavoine for those great pics,I'm getting emotional...!!!!

It just shows the size of it...

Now,may the "Philarmonie de Paris" take shape!

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Old January 12th, 2010, 11:23 PM   #2160
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Two feasibility studies for investor LUXINVEST in Issy, south-west of Paris:

- Manuelle Gautrand:

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- PCA (Philippe Chiambaretta):

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(The two towers in the background are part of another project)

Height is not given. We can guess around 180 or 200m.
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