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Old April 18th, 2011, 03:29 PM   #2681
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Because Antwerpen and Rotterdam are the main Ports of Paris.
It will bring more goods by boat instead than by trucks.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 10:11 AM   #2682
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Because Antwerpen and Rotterdam are the main Ports of Paris.
It will bring more goods by boat instead than by trucks.

How much canal do they need to keep the ships from unloading cargo in Rotterdam or Antwerpen? If its not happening now with Le Havre, Calais or Dunkirque, I don't see building the canal linking Calais and Dunkirque to Paris would make much difference.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 02:19 PM   #2683
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Paris is already a big river port.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 01:56 PM   #2684
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Old April 20th, 2011, 07:54 PM   #2685
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France's GDP doesn't have much to do with whether Paris can build skyscrapers, not an issue
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Old April 21st, 2011, 03:43 PM   #2686
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Gare Austerlitz (2016)
It is the least busy big railway terminal of Paris but its traffic should double by 2020.





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Old April 28th, 2011, 10:27 PM   #2687
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New modern building for 'Charles De Gaulle' airport

An amazing looking building is rising at CDG airport. Its delivery is due in 2012.









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Old April 29th, 2011, 07:41 AM   #2688
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Paris is already a big river port.


That doesn't answer my question.
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Old April 29th, 2011, 07:48 AM   #2689
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An amazing looking building is rising at CDG airport. Its delivery is due in 2012.


Looks dated. The American Indian Museum in Washington DC is better designed, IMO.





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Old April 29th, 2011, 09:27 AM   #2690
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Paris's La Défense District Goes on the Offensive



The renewal of the La Défense district of Paris is awakening from its hibernation during the financial crisis and recession.

The ambitious plan to modernize Europe's largest business district was launched in 2006, but ran into head winds when property markets imploded in 2007. Now, two buildings are under construction, several are getting overhauled, and local authorities are making plans to broaden development of the district beyond mainly office towers to include a greater share of retail stores and apartments.

The La Défense district would expand from about 395 acres to nearly 1,730 acres under the renewal plan, says Philippe Chaix, director general of Etablissement Public d'Aménagement de la région de la Défense.

"La Défense is 3½ times larger than Canary Wharf," boasts Mr. Chaix, referring to the 20-year-old office district in London. "Construction has begun on one-third to one-half of the projects planned for completion in 2016."

But while the new construction is a sign that property developers are regaining confidence, there is still much uncertainty. Although none of the projects in the 2006 plan has been canceled, all have been delayed and only a few buildings are under construction.

"We lost almost three years because of the crisis," says Jacques Bagge, head of leasing in France for property-services group Jones Lang LaSalle. "We were expecting two new towers in 2010 and development of more than 300,000 square meters [3.2 million square feet] by 2011. Now, the first new tower won't be completed until 2013," according to his firm's projections.

Delays have hampered La Défense's boldest project, a plan by the Russian-owned Groupe Hermitage SAS to build one of the tallest skyscrapers in Western Europe, a €2.5 billion ($3.65 billion) pair of 1,060-foot towers designed by British architect Norman Foster. Construction of the buildings, which out of respect for French architecture was designed one meter (3.3 feet) shorter than the Eiffel Tower, had been expected to begin later this year, with completion scheduled for 2016. But in March, Hermitage Chief Executive Ermin Iskenderov said he had to delay signing a €700 million bank loan for the project. Hermitage is owned by Mirax Group, which is controlled by Russian billionaire Sergei Polonsky.

The renewal plan calls for a mix of refurbished older buildings and new construction. La Défense was first developed as a business district in 1958, long before Canary Wharf, and many of the buildings are old and in need of renovation. First Tower, the first building to be refurbished under the 2006 plan, was recently opened by investors Beacon Capital Partners and AXA Real Estate, the property-investment unit of French insurer AXA SA. They pre-let about 40% of the space to Ernst & Young.

One of the building's underway is a tower called Majunga, which was launched in December by Unibail-Rodamco SA, a French property company. The building, which hasn't announced any leases, will offer 678,000 square feet of office space and cost €376 million to build. Unibail has approval to build an even larger building, a 69-story 984-foot-high tower called Phare that will cost €900 million. No decision on beginning construction has been made, but completion is scheduled for 2015 or 2016.

The second building under construction is called the Carpe Diem tower and is being developed by the French unit of British insurer Aviva PLC and Predica, the insurance subsidiary of Crédit Agricole Assurances. Construction began in March and completion is scheduled for the end of 2012.

La Défense has a competitive advantage over Paris's central business district, where most office-building spaces are too small for large corporate relocations. New buildings in La Défense are targeting large offices.

The Paris market avoided much overbuilding during the boom years. "Since all the developers and investors were wise enough not to launch any projects during the recession, this market has not been under much pressure," says Maurice Gauchot, chief executive of the French business of property-services group CB Richard Ellis.

Still, the office-rental market isn't soaring. Vacancies in La Défense were 5.3% in the fourth quarter of last year, the most recent data available, up from 4% in the year-earlier quarter, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.

The new buildings at La Défense are rising as one of the district's most high-profile projects built before the recession, Coeur Défense, is still struggling. The 528-foot complex originally built by Unibail-Rodamco and later bought by Lehman Brothers and a French partner, Atemi SAS, at the peak of the property boom, defaulted on €1.6 billion in debt in 2008 and sought protection from creditors, who have been fighting to get control of the building in French courts.

The Coeur Défense building is 38% vacant, and a number of leases face break options in the next five years, just as modern office space from new development will be coming on line in La Défense.
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Old April 29th, 2011, 10:45 AM   #2691
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This is should be 180m tall if built.
aahhh! thats finally the tower i heard about in march!!! on i tele channel news!!
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Old May 4th, 2011, 11:46 PM   #2692
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Tower First will be inaugurated on thursday evening. On that occasion, all towers of the financial district of La Défense will be plunged into darkness apart from First whose official lighting scheme will be unveiled . Some testings were already carried out yesterday, here's a preview:

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Old May 11th, 2011, 02:51 PM   #2693
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Do you think this will be Sarkozy's signature building? Like Miterrand and the Grande Arche?

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Old May 11th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #2694
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don't exagerate!! Sarkozy has done nothing remarkable for the moment in the architecture field!!

Mitterand has done

-La grande Arche

-Bastille opera

-Le louvre

-National library

First is just a private tower.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 09:43 PM   #2695
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He'll have the Philarmonie.If it ever gets built.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 11:11 AM   #2696
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don't exagerate!! Sarkozy has done nothing remarkable for the moment in the architecture field!!

Mitterand has done

-La grande Arche

-Bastille opera

-Le louvre

-National library

First is just a private tower.
True, its a wonder where he found the money for all that really isnt it? Wasn't there some rumours of an alleged deal with some shady construction companies? Not sure if that was in a film though to be fair. Sounds like something out of a Stieg Larsson book.

I have to say, the Louvre pyramid reminds me of a shopping centre. Like Les Halles, only with more people and fewer CRS!

I do however agree with this blog post, even though its kind of sappy.

http://www.lostincheeseland.com/2010...k-at-time.html

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Old May 12th, 2011, 12:05 PM   #2697
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Louvre is a wonder not a lego or shopping center !
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Old May 12th, 2011, 05:37 PM   #2698
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Louvre is a wonder not a lego or shopping center !
It looks very elegant and majestic from the outside



But inside, there is an uncanny resemblance to shopping centres...! But a nice shopping centre!

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Louvre is a wonder not a lego or shopping center !
It looks very elegant and majestic from the outside

But inside, there is an uncanny resemblance to shopping centres...! But a nice shopping centre!

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Old May 12th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #2700
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Carroussel du Louvre is a shopping center with Appel Store, Virgin Megastor, two Starbucks, one McDonald's and several other shop.

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I have to say, the Louvre pyramid reminds me of a shopping centre. Like Les Halles, only with more people and fewer CRS!
There are far more people in Les Halles than in the Carroussel du Louvre.
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