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Old April 24th, 2008, 05:16 AM   #1681
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An article published in the New York Times.
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Paris angry at new skyscrapers

Protest against new buildings which break city's symmetry

The New York Times

The Equitable Life Building, which is in process of erection at the corner of the Rue de la Paix and the Boulevard des Capucines, at one corner of the Place de l'Opéra, has brought forth stormy denunciation this week in the French National Assembly. All the other buildings at this place, including the one which the Equitable Life offices will replace, are uniform in architecture, but the new building is built in a different style and will rise two stories higher than its neighbors.

M. Chastenet, deputy from Gironde, made a complaint, which was much applauded. "Paris is as yet," he said, "a most beautiful city. However, it is being botched. Its beautiful lines are being destroyed, and all the laws are being broken. Behind the buildings in the Place de l'Etoile, which harmonize with the Arc de Triomphe and form a harmonious ensemble, some great hotels have been raised, which have destroyed the symmetry of the square and dishonor it."

"How has this been possible? Because a decree was passed 6 years ago which permits the construction of higher buildings. There is a hotel in the Rue de Presbourg which is at least five feet higher than is permitted. The same thing is being done in the Place de l'Opéra. On the Boulevard des Capucines immense structures are being raised, which will destroy the symmetry of the square."

"It is necessary to repeal the law passed six years ago or modify it. I wish to know also if the Ministry of Culture is cognizant of the plans for the new buildings now under construction at the corner of the Rue de la Paix and the Boulevard des Capucines."

In a few words, M. Dujardin-Beaumetz, Minister of Culture, reminded the deputies that such questions belonged to the Municipal Council.
Don't worry, the latest skyscraper projects in Paris are not in danger. This jewel of an article, which I've recently discovered, was published on November 15, 1908. But somehow I feel like not much has changed in the Parisian attitude toward skyscrapers in 100 years.
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Old April 24th, 2008, 11:39 AM   #1682
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what a good laugh!!!
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Old April 26th, 2008, 04:28 AM   #1683
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Well personally, I tend to believe all those new gray rectangles are rather bland. I'm disappointed. I would have appreciate if architects had been more imaginative.
This is it . this is Imaginative or you can post your own in here ,then we will compare between yours and his
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Old April 26th, 2008, 04:47 AM   #1684
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Behind the buildings in the Place de l'Etoile, which harmonize with the Arc de Triomphe and form a harmonious ensemble, some great hotels have been raised, which have destroyed the symmetry of the square and dishonor it.
Place de l'Etoile is a circus, not a square. Unless you would consider it as a round square in which case you would have finally find out the solution to one of the most famous problem in geometry: Squaring the circle.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 03:10 PM   #1685
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Model of the projects of "La Defense":







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Old April 26th, 2008, 04:25 PM   #1686
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When do the people in Paris not protest? Seems like they protest often about everything over there. So it is not surprising that they would protest about new skyscrapers being built.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #1687
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Place de l'Etoile is a circus, not a square. Unless you would consider it as a round square in which case you would have finally find out the solution to one of the most famous problem in geometry: Squaring the circle.
lol i see you have some weakness in english/or american english...coz that is common to say "square" to refer to a : piazza, plaza, square, place, roundabout...and all type of large urban space.


For instance, the world famous TIME SQUARE maybe was in a shape of a square in a forgotten beginning (though i doubt it)...but now the square name just refer to the place. whatever form it has.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 03:40 AM   #1688
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Actually I indeed have many weaknesses in English, however in this specific case it was before everything a pathetic attempt to be funny!
Though indeed you're right. Calling "circus" some squares is only specific to some British squares which happen to be round but is not generic to all round square. I hope that last sentence makes sense to some of you readers.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 11:05 AM   #1689
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When do the people in Paris not protest? Seems like they protest often about everything over there. So it is not surprising that they would protest about new skyscrapers being built.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 05:13 PM   #1690
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Paris has been and will be Romantically beautiful and Modern as ever . She knows how to take care of herself no matter what people say , and this City got something to offer to every one , think of Paris as a fruit bowl of a mixture of sweet and sour .mmm ........
nice taste .I have never been so proud of myself when I could speak French as a third language when I was there , hope to see you soon when some of your new projects complet baby

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Old April 29th, 2008, 03:51 AM   #1691
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Here are architectural plans of Air² Tower. Based on the blueprints, one French forumer calculated that the tower height will be exactly 235 meters (771 ft) from street level, which is higher than previously thought. The heights indicated on the blueprints are in meters above sea-level (NGF), a stupid measurement used in La Défense which French forumers always have to convert in real height from street level.

Rendering showing Air² towering above D2 Tower (D2 Tower will have the same height as Swiss Re, aka The Gherkin, in London):


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Old April 29th, 2008, 03:54 AM   #1692
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For an idea of Air² Tower's dimensions, I put it next to other European towers already built or proposed for construction, at the same scale:

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And finally, JP's tentative rendering of La Défense ca. 2015 showing Air²:
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Old April 29th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #1693
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The urban area of Paris expands further. 4.5 km² (1.7 sq. miles) of farmland is going to be urbanized on the northeastern fringe of the Paris urban area, in the commune (municipality) of Gonesse. This area is where farmland is currently the closest from the center of Paris, only 16 km (10 miles) from Notre Dame Cathedral as the crow flies. When you arrive in Paris on the motorway from Calais, Lille, and Brussels, this is the farmland you can see on the right side of the motorway past Paris-CDG Airport. The reason why this area has remained undevelopped so far is because it is stuck between Paris-CDG Airport and Paris-Le Bourget Airport, and so French authorities have frozen any development to prevent potential tensions between future residents and CDG Airport, the 2nd busiest European airport and soon-to-be busiest European airport.

I don't know if they have changed the rules, but the urbanization of 4.5 km² of farmland immediately north of Paris-Le Bourget Airport has been given the green light. This is still a good 3 km (1.8 miles) from Paris-CDG Airport, but that's the closest from CDG it has been allowed to develop land for many years.

For a bit of perspective on this: the population of Greater Paris is currently increasing by 85,000 inhabitants every year, a figure much higher than in the 1990s, and much higher than French authorities had anticipated. In Europe only Madrid has experienced a higher population increase than Paris in recent years. It is estimated that 60,000 dwellings need to be built every year in Greater Paris just to accomodate the population growth and prevent an already tense housing situation from becoming frankly dramatic. If this pace of construction is not reached (currently only 35,000 dwellings are built every year in Greater Paris, far fewer than needed), then probably Greater Paris will revert to the dramatic situation experienced in the 1930s-1950s (sky-high rents, generalized illegal subletting of crowded apartments, lots of illegal slums springing up in the suburbs, many homeless people sleeping in the street). French authorities have already seen with horror two illegal slums appearing in the suburbs of Paris in the past three years, built by poor newly-arrived immigrants. This had not been seen in Paris since the last slums were razed in the 1970s. These two slums have since been razed, but it's only a matter of time before new ones appear if the pace of housing construction doesn't accelerate.

In red the commune of Gonesse within Greater Paris. The area to be urbanized is in the southern part of the commune.



Here is a view of the winning project selected by the jury. The winning team is Swiss and Dutch (Güller & Güller: architects; DHV: economic strategies; Ernst Basler & Partner: infrastructures; Paul van Beek Landschappen: landscape architect). The jury selected the project offering the highest urban density, and the highest environmental sustainability (lots of public transportation, such as a new branch of the Paris RER serving this new urban district). The long awaited motorway between Villepinte and Saint-Gratien will apparently also be built (colored brownish-orange on the render below, running towards the upper-right corner). This motorway will run parallel to the A86 inner orbital motorway and the Francilienne outer orbital motorway, approximately half-way between the two, linking the northeastern and northwestern suburbs.

On the render below, the south is up, the north is down. The motorway heading to Lille and Belgium is on the left. The center of Paris lies 16 km (10 miles) in the distance past the upper-left corner of the render. The airport on the render is Paris-Le Bourget Airport. Paris-CDG Airport lies 1.9 km (1.2 miles) beyond the lower-left corner of the render. Compacité = compactness.

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This view shows the area as of now. The area to be developped is to the left of the big motorway (only a small part is visible). This picture is upside down compared to the render above. Here on the picture the north is up and the south is down. If you pay attention you can see on the render above the big motorway interchange visible here on the foreground.

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Old April 29th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #1695
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A description of the project on Güller & Güller's website. They claim it is the last major land reserve inside the Paris metropolitan area, which is of course not true, but I guess they got a bit carried away by their victory in the selection process. Lol. The entire area covers 10 km² (1000 ha), but only 4.5 km² will be actually built-up, the rest is farmland destined to remain undevelopped (at least for now).

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Triangle de Gonesse - development strategy and masterplan for the airport corridor in Paris

chef de projet: Mathis Güller
client: EPA Plaine de France

In a time when most European metropolis find their planning options around their airports increasingly limited, Paris is considering the development of its largest strategic reserve of 1000ha – the Triangle de Gonesse – positioned in-between the airport of Charles de Gaulle and le Bourget. The development of this last major land reserve inside the metropolitan area is a unique opportunity to reposition Paris as a city of excellence.

Our team Güller Güller – DHV – EBP - Van Beek won the urban planning competition in 2008 and is now commissioned to elaborate a long-term development strategy for the Triangle de Gonesse in the heart of the airport corridor of Paris Charles de Gaulle, as well as an urban masterplan for 2 million m2 of real estate development. The project aims at creating a real “airport corridor” for Paris, a new “axe de compétitivité”, concentrated around a bundle of new public transportation infrastructure and benefitting from the attractiveness of the openness of the periurban agricultural landscape.

The masterplan for the development of the Triangle de Gonesse will distinguish itself as a milestone in ‘sustainable urbanism’.

http://www.ggau.net/dreams/projects/GG47.htm
General map of the area. Paris-CDG Airport is partly visible in the upper-right corner. Paris-Le Bourget Airport is towards the lower-left corner, colored pale yellow. Farmland destined to remain undevelopped are colored pale green. The new branch of the RER is the red line I suppose. Apparently two RER stations planned in the densest part of the new urban district.

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Old May 1st, 2008, 05:14 PM   #1696
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Any renders of projects in La Défense (with several signal towers, the project of Vascony; two 200 meters twin towers, Générali 300m, new axa tower 225m, air2 tower 220m...)























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Old May 5th, 2008, 11:13 PM   #1697
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The redevelopment of the Canal docks in Aubervillier.
This big industrial wastland will become an atractive district.
Aubervillier is actually the 5th poorest muncipality in Greater Paris
These project presented here are a small part of all the futur Aubervillier improvement.

Projet Canal - Porte d'Aubervilliers



72 000 m2 of shops,
20 000 m2 of offices,
4 000 m2 « TV Ciné » (TV museum)













http://antoinegrumbach.com/atelier/f...sp?projetid=12
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Other and better renders.









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In the oposite of the canal, Parc du millénaire an office complex.












The first buildings were completed the last year
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