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Old February 7th, 2011, 12:48 AM   #2581
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Vive Amélie Poulain ! Et surtout ne changeons rien, ne touchons à rien, mettons toute la ville sous cloche, avec vide d'air si possible. [img]http://i53.************/5558hl.gif[/img]
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World's top architect Frank Gehry brands Paris residents 'philistines' after planning permission revoked

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The world's most famous living architect has branded Paris residents "philistines" bent on "putting the French capital in formalin" after they succeeded in cancelling planning permission for his latest spectacular edifice.


Bernard Arnaud, pictured with the actress Charlize Theron at a Christian Dior fashion show, wants to house his contemporary art collection in a gallery designed by the American architect Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry, the American architect behind the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, is said to be "appalled, shocked and angry" at a French court order to stop building work on his "Cloud", a stunning, €100 million (£84 million) glass-covered complex in western Paris.

The ethereal, multifaceted building was due to house a cultural centre owned by France's richest man, Bernard Arnaud, along with his extensive contemporary art collection and that of his company LVHM – the world's largest luxury goods group, which owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy.

It would organise temporary exhibitions of the work of established and contemporary artists like Jean Dubuffet and Jean-Michel Basquiat or Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst.

The cultural centre – officially named the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation – is in the final stages of construction on the northern edge of the Bois de Boulogne, a large wood on the city outskirts, in the popular children's park known as the Jardin d'Acclimatation.

When he unveiled the plans in 2006, Mr Arnaud – the world's 7th richest man with a personal fortune of $27.5 billion (£17 billion) according to Forbes – said its goal was "to spread the influence of culture, and the influence of France".

Now, however, his chief architect has denounced certain citizens of France a bunch of "individualistic, uncouth philistines". Mr Gehry's reaction was relayed by Jean Nouvel, France's most famous architect, in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche.

He added: "With their little tight-fitting suits, they want to put Paris into formalin. It's quite pathetic."

The "philistines" are a band of dogged local residents waging a vocal battle against "concreting (Paris') green areas".

François Douady, who leads the association for the safeguard of the Bois de Boulogne, told Le Journal du Dimanche: "They want to impose on us a 12,000 square metre building 46 metres high – 20 metres above the trees. We lack greenery in Paris, not museums. I hope this project is razed to the ground."

LVMH argues that on the contrary, the project will increase the size of the surrounding green areas and remove a 1950s bowling alley dubbed an "architectural horror".

But Mr Douady's group won its court battle last month on a technicality, as the judge ruled the centre had been built too close to a tiny asphalt road deemed a public right of way.

The ruling is a bitter blow for Mr Arnaud, who had hoped to score a publicity coup against his billionaire luxury goods rival, François Pinault, the owner of Christie's, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, as well as department and media stores.

While Mr Arnault's luxury group is bigger, Mr Pinault has a far richer contemporary art collection – around 2,500 works of the world's best-known artists of the last 40 years.

Mr Pinault had wanted to house many of these in a mega-museum on the Ile Seguin outside Paris. But after five years of wrestling with red tape, he abandoned the plans in 2005 and took the entire collection to the Palazzo Grassi in Venice instead.

In what appeared to be a thinly veiled threat, a spokesman for LVMH intimated that Mr Arnaud may follow suit. "Does France want to see all its foundations leave for Switzerland, Italy or Germany?," he asked.

Paris' Socialist-led town hall has pledged to appeal the ruling and get immediate authorisation for works to continue.

"This project will go ahead, with respect for the law," said the mayor's urban affairs deputy, Anne Hidalgo.

Jean Nouvel said: "This is a very important building for the history of Paris and architecture."
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Old February 7th, 2011, 11:13 AM   #2582
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http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75/pa...11-1237880.php

Here's the responsible ...his name's François Douady (73 years old). He clearly wants the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création to be demolished!

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---> what an stupid liar, the Fondation Louis Vuitton replaces a horrible former building (bowling) built in the 50's, how many trees were cut down to allow Gehry's project???---->NONE!!!

Do you guys know whether it's possible to create a petition to back this architectural jewell, if so, how can we do it?

The Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création in big danger...

http://projets-architecte-urbanisme....y-paris-vinci/
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Old February 7th, 2011, 06:50 PM   #2583
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According to some insider sources today, the demolition of the Damiers buildings to make way for the Hermitage Towers is set to start next June!! The two 337-meter high towers will then start construction immediately after the demolition of the Damiers. Things are speeding up! [img]http://i56.************/30cbq7d.gif[/img]
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Old February 7th, 2011, 07:04 PM   #2584
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---> what an stupid liar, the Fondation Louis Vuitton replaces a horrible former building (bowling) built in the 50's, how many trees were cut down to allow Gehry's project???---->NONE!!!
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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #2585
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Tour Montparnasse's new lighting scheme

I found this video by chance, very interesting insight of what the new lighting display will be from June 21st...cannot wait .


By Regis Clouzet

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Old February 8th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #2586
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paris just reflects for whole France strong conservative attitude against all is new and modern

Each tower, each stadiums, each museum is an exploit to build

I wonder how strong our country could stay in the top 7 of world super power nations with such idiots!
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Old February 8th, 2011, 01:40 PM   #2587
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Thank you for posting this video of the tryouts Jex!
Can't wait to see the whole tower illuminated. I hope they use this technology to the fullestn the possibilities are immense!
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Old February 8th, 2011, 02:35 PM   #2588
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My pleasure folks .

Here's a photo coming from Regis Clouzet's website:



I'm just like you guys, I'm really looking forward to it...

PS: I agree, the possibilities are huge indeed...
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Old February 8th, 2011, 02:53 PM   #2589
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I wonder how strong our country could stay in the top 7 of world super power nations with such idiots!
Maybe idiocy is the strength of Douce France
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Old February 8th, 2011, 03:59 PM   #2590
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***ROLAND GARROS to know its fate in 5 days***

4 OPTIONS, only 1 DECISION


DAYS TO GO: 4


PARIS

GONESSE

MARNE-LA-VALLEE

VERSAILLES

Have also your say by voting here ---> http://www.lequipe.fr//VoteEquipe/VOTE_CHOIX_RG.html *



* just register (that's free of course) and then vote!

Many thanks guys!
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Old February 9th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #2591
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A huge project to be unveiled at the MIPIM 2011

Scoop found by Wanchun on PSS!

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Le promoteur Hermitage devrait par ailleurs présenter un nouveau projet immobilier en France, d'environ 400.000 m2, lors du prochain salon international de l'immobilier d'entreprise, ou Mipim, à Cannes au mois de mars, a indiqué son PDG à Dow Jones Newswires en marge de la conférence de presse.
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Russian property developer Hermitage is to present a new real estate project in France, around 400 000 m2 ( twice as big as Hermitage Plaza!), as part as the MIPIM 2011 - The world's premier real estate event for professionals- next march in Cannes, the Dow Jones Newswires managing director said in parallel with the press conference

We don't know where the project is planned yet but given the gigantic scale of it, it's very likely to be in Paris...
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Old February 9th, 2011, 01:08 PM   #2592
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We don't know where the project is planned yet but given the gigantic scale of it, it's very likely to be in Paris...
I would have said the opposite. I don't see where you could locate 400,000 new square meters in Paris. Maybe above Gare du Nord railroads, but that would be very expensive.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 01:52 PM   #2593
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I think Jex was talking about greater Paris (opposed to Province).
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Old February 9th, 2011, 05:00 PM   #2594
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I would love to see a big project in Central Paris.
Why not some new skyscrapers in Montparnasse?
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Old February 9th, 2011, 05:26 PM   #2595
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Keep dreaming Minato, keep dreaming !
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..or a new CBD between Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est train stations. (dream on dreamer..)

Alpin13 lately mentioned a 3 x 170m towers project...somewhere in central Paris.
That is bound to be near the ring road methinks.
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Do you guys know whether it's possible to create a petition to back this architectural jewell, if so, how can we do it?

The Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création in big danger...

http://projets-architecte-urbanisme....y-paris-vinci/
Sorry to hear about this. I'm not always a big fan of Ghery's work but that design looks great. There are a lot of arguments between people on this forum who are pro skyscraper from London and Paris, but it seems the two cities both have to suffer a number of backwards, conservative and sadly influential NIMBYs.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 08:16 PM   #2598
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Scoop found by Wanchun on PSS!
Wanchun is really a great forumer.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 08:18 PM   #2599
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Why not some new skyscrapers in Montparnasse?
Soyons fous ! [img]http://i55.************/blmht.gif[/img]
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I'm confused, he's not here
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