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Old September 14th, 2007, 11:46 PM   #1321
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Old September 14th, 2007, 11:53 PM   #1322
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Old September 16th, 2007, 02:15 AM   #1323
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Old September 18th, 2007, 07:48 PM   #1324
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Sarkozy seeks new urban plan for greater Paris


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PARIS, Sept 17 (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy, not normally seen as a patron of the arts, called on Monday for new ideas to develop Paris over the coming decades and pledged to encourage "bold" thinking by architects.

"The question for us is not to think about the next six months but the next century," Sarkozy said at a ceremony to open a new architectural heritage centre in Paris.

The new museum complex, completed after years of wrangling, will "be the occasion for putting architecture back at the heart of our political choices," Sarkozy said.

He outlined no specific plans to rival former President Francois Mitterrand's "Grands Travaux" such as the National Library or the redeveloped Louvre museum, which gave a new face to the French capital in the 1980s.

But he said it was not enough simply to maintain existing architectural treasures.

"Architecture bears witness to a shared past but at the same time, it is a projection towards the future," he said. "Architectural policy has to combine heritage and creation."

"I commit myself fully to this mission, to give back the possibility of boldness to architecture," he said.

Sarkozy's remarks were in line with a tradition of French presidents like Mitterrand and Georges Pompidou leaving their mark on the capital.

But he may also have had an eye on the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, one of the rising leaders of the opposition Socialists, who has built a base with drives to improve life in the capital, most recently with a successful city bike scheme.

Sarkozy said eight to 10 architectural agencies, both French and international, could be commissioned to assess the needs of the greater Paris region "for the next 20, 30, 40 years."

STRICT PLANNING LAWS

Strict planning laws restricting skyscrapers in Paris have helped preserve the city's distinctively harmonious appearance. But they have led some to say it risks becoming a museum piece compared with more dynamic capitals like London and Berlin.

"I think there are certainly some taboos no one dared talk about or touch, for example big-scale projects or skyscrapers," Swiss architect Jacques Herzog told France Inter radio.

But Herzog, whose buildings include Tate Modern in London and the new National Stadium in Beijing, said he felt that change was in the air.

"Until not very long ago, Paris had several projects that were very, very visible in the world and I feel there is an energy there to pick up where we left off 10 or 15 years ago."

Sarkozy left open the question of relaxing planning laws to allow more skyscrapers but called for an end to "simplistic" arguments between supporters and opponents of big towers.

Remarking that the widely detested "Tour Montparnasse", a 210 metre black tower that looms over the Paris skyline, had "not made our job any easier," he said: "We can't have a policy of uniform skyscrapers".

But he praised projects such as the curving "Lighthouse" skyscraper being built in the business district La Defense.

Sarkozy, who as interior minister in 2005 cracked down hard on rioting in the poor, run-down suburbs outside Paris and other French cities, said any redevelopment had to include the whole greater city area and strengthen connections between the centre and the suburbs.

"Architecture must also humanise housing developments and suburbs which have been left to one side for far too long."
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Old September 18th, 2007, 07:56 PM   #1325
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Old September 18th, 2007, 09:34 PM   #1326
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great i don't know, but not tall sure he is !
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Old September 19th, 2007, 01:47 AM   #1327
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Foreign press talking about the A86 tunnel.
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Digging work on the second section of the A86 Duplex tunnel linking Pont Colbert (municipality of Jouy-en-Josas) with the A13 motorway (Vaucresson - Le Chesnay) over 5.5 km was completed with the spectacular exit of the tunnel-boring machine at the level of the A13 interchange. This new stage, crucial in terms of completing one of Europe's largest construction sites, also illustrates a symbolic moment in the run-up to the inauguration of the first Rueil-Malmaison/A13 interchange section in the spring of 2008.

The exit of the tunnel-boring machine from the A86 motorway heralded the end of digging work on the A86 Duplex, an innovative double-deck motorway tunnel covering a total distance of 10 kilometers, designed to guarantee maximum comfort and safety for motorists in the Greater Paris Area.

In 2010, the A86 Duplex will link Rueil-Malmaison and Versailles, thereby completing the French capital's "super-ring road". As a result, this drive will require less than 10 minutes, instead of 45 minutes currently.

The first section of the tunnel, between Rueil-Malmaison and the A13 motorway, is now in its fitting out phase and soon tests will be carried out prior to its inauguration scheduled for the spring of 2008. Completion of work on the second section of the tunnel between the South of Versailles (Pont Colbert) and the A13 motorway, will lead to the final link-up of the A86 between Rueil-Malmaison and Versailles by 2010.

For Cofiroute, a subsidiary of the Vinci group and the concessionaire of the A86 Duplex tunnel, the A86 Duplex perfectly illustrates the success of the integrated concessionaire–builder model that has enabled its motorway network to be financed, built and equipped with facilities. With nearly €800 million invested per year to build new motorways, widen existing sections and improve the overall quality of its network, Cofiroute is now one of the leading players in France in town and country planning.
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Old September 19th, 2007, 08:07 AM   #1328
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This is not really paris "super ring road" though. It's "Central Paris + inner suburbs" ring road. The Greater Paris ring road is the A 104/ Francilienne ring road which is way bigger but less spectacular.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 03:10 PM   #1329
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According to an insider source reported by French forumer Good, the Ministry of Public Works Tower at La Défense is now a dead certainty. This tower is scheduled to be completed and opened in 2013 according to the source.

The tower should contain 100,000 m² (1.1 million sq. ft) of floor space, so its height could be possibly around 300m (1,000 ft). It was initially hinted that the Ministry of Public Works was planning to build this skyscraper by the Rose de Cherbourg interchange, along the Boulevard Circulaire. This is to the south of La Défense (i.e. to the left of the main axis as seen from the Arc de Triomphe). I don't know if this is still the correct location. Currently, the ministry is housed inside the Grande Arche of La Défense and in various mid-rises. They want to move out of the Grande Arche and reunite all their departments inside this single tower.

Since the election of Nicolas Sarkozy last May the ministry has been merged with the Ministry of the Environment and renamed "Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and (town and country) Planning". It was made the most important ministry in the government, in charge of preparing a major conference about the environment and sustainable development which is supposed to completely transform France and turn it into a "green" country. Environmentalists are still skeptical. France wouldn't abandon nuclear electricity anyway.
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 10:42 PM   #1330
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New rendering of the Majunga Tower (195m/640ft).


Really like this one.
Any renders of it in the skyline of LD?
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 11:58 PM   #1331
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Really like this one.
Any renders of it in the skyline of LD?
Here is one:

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Old September 24th, 2007, 12:17 PM   #1332
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That looks monstrous.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 04:32 PM   #1333
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OK man. Just cool down. I know there is a lot of problems in Paris that needs to be resolve such as unemployment (i'm hoping it's not in double digit anymore), high cost of living, traffic jam and accidents (I stayed in Arc de Triumph for 30 min and I already saw 2 accidents) slow-performing economy and many more. But no worries. This will be all private contribution and the government will not spend even one euro. I am actually interested of this and I may contribute soon (actually, my friend is persuading my wife to contribute and she is persuading me). That's why I am just asking if there are any updates regarding this project. But to tell you the truth, 80 million tourists a year in France is a big economic help.
The study of the reconstruction of the Palais des tuileries is on the way .
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I would find more usefull the reconstruction of the royal castles of Saint Cloud (destroyed 1871) or Marly (destroyed 1816) or the medieval keep of Coucy (destroyed 1917) or abbey of Cluny (destroyed 1798-1823).

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Old September 24th, 2007, 08:14 PM   #1334
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Granite.

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Old September 26th, 2007, 04:03 PM   #1335
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Granite tower is as tall as the Société Générale twin towers now (about 170m). The final high is 185m ?
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Old September 26th, 2007, 04:50 PM   #1336
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Are we finally getting Granite's taller version or no?
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Old September 27th, 2007, 07:42 AM   #1337
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A small "Before-After" of CB-31 tower Restructuration.





PS: This render of Majunga is superb !
Amazing! Has reconstruction started yet?
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Old September 27th, 2007, 10:46 AM   #1338
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Old September 27th, 2007, 06:14 PM   #1339
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This week's edition of Le Nouvel Observateur magazine has made its cover with a rendering showing some of the skyscrapers under construction or about to start construction in La Défense, all put next to each other. The headline is a bit stupid though ("la folie des hauteurs" = "delusions of height", it's a pun based on "delusions of grandeur"). It's not surprising given that Le Nouvel Observateur is a left-wing magazine with little appetite for the new French president.

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Old September 27th, 2007, 06:28 PM   #1340
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beautiful rendering nonetheless
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