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Old May 23rd, 2006, 05:23 PM   #161
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Well having spent 2 days in the La Defense area last year with a few colleagues, we all all commented on how impressive it looked from a distance, but the reality when your actually standing in it, is completely different.

Its a concrete dump, poorly maintained, very shabby in some areas, limited facilities and shops and the finish of some of the buildings there is quite shocking.

We all said how much nicer Canary Wharf is at ground level and how superior the quality of the buildings and materials used at CW was, plus the far better ammenities for workers.

I guess 90% of the people who comment upon La Defense on these forums, have never been there...they should, it will change your opinion of it.

As a working envoirement, you would have to crazy (or French) to prefer it to Canary Wharf.
Instead of complaining, why don't you send an email to EPAD, the public body managing La Défense, to suggest possible improvements? I understand EPAD is currently working on a major rehaul to improve environment at La Défense and make it a more lively place, in parallel with the building of the new supertall skyscrapers to be completed by 2015. With your international perspective, EPAD will surely appreciate your input. Here is where you can contact them: www.ladefense.fr/epad_contact.php.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 06:47 PM   #162
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Ghhhhh. STOP IT! Once again I ask for return to the discussion about projects.

Do all of the threads about Paris have to become a Paris vs. London thread?
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 06:59 PM   #163
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Do all of the threads about Paris have to become a Paris vs. London thread?
This is a wrong city thread for that question.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 08:27 PM   #164
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La défense is changing ; a new cinema multiplex open 2 weeks ago in the heart of la défense and a residantial tower is in project in la défense in the projet LD 2015.


photo of la défense by wikipédia
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Old May 24th, 2006, 01:03 AM   #165
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Your picture displayed in a very small format. Here is a larger version:

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Old May 24th, 2006, 01:33 AM   #166
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That's a great photo!
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Old May 24th, 2006, 04:32 PM   #167
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Instead of complaining, why don't you send an email to EPAD, the public body managing La Défense, to suggest possible improvements? I understand EPAD is currently working on a major rehaul to improve environment at La Défense and make it a more lively place, in parallel with the building of the new supertall skyscrapers to be completed by 2015. With your international perspective, EPAD will surely appreciate your input. Here is where you can contact them: www.ladefense.fr/epad_contact.php.
In addition to what I wrote yesterday, here are three pictures that show some of the improvements going on at La Défense. According to EPAD, this is a just a beginning.

New grassy areas planted among the concrete plazas and walkways:


Wooden pier built behind the Grande Arche:


New movie theatre opened near the Grande Arche:

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Old May 24th, 2006, 04:35 PM   #168
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Old May 26th, 2006, 05:32 PM   #169
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Waiting for renderings of the new skyscrapers announced for Paris, here is a nice view of the CURRENT La Défense among
the sprawling Paris metro area.

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Old May 27th, 2006, 06:25 AM   #170
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Very nice panoram guys
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Old May 27th, 2006, 04:15 PM   #171
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Very nice pics up there.

And by the way, I like La Defence more then Canary Wharf. And I prefer London above Paris as a city.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 07:20 PM   #172
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Yes, I prefer La Defense to CW as well at the minute, but I prefer London city now and in the future
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Old May 27th, 2006, 11:54 PM   #173
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So futuristic canyon, need just more neon tube
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Old May 31st, 2006, 02:37 AM   #174
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Another great Paris skyline, taken from the leafy western suburbs. This one feels so much like somewhere in North America... and yet, it's Paris! If you pay good attention to details, you'll notice the tiny upper part of the Eiffel Tower on the right side of the picture.

For those of you with good graphic design skills, it would be great to make a montage showing the new La Défense skyscrapers on the picture. You can find the full size version of the picture here.

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Old May 31st, 2006, 09:30 PM   #175
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This is another nice view showing the exact location where the two skyscrapers of Neuilly-sur-Seine should be built. They
would stand next to (or replace?) the two modern mid-rise in the foreground (on each side of the freeway).

Again, it would be great to see a montage showing the two skyscrapers on the picture, for those with photo editors...

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Old June 20th, 2006, 07:23 PM   #176
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Here are some renderings of the 165 m.(541 ft) twin towers in Levallois-Perret, on the banks of the Seine river. Construction is due to start this coming summer (2006) and the towers will be completed and opened in June 2009, when they are delivered to Spanish developer Fadesa.

The towers will have 42 floors each and a total floor space of 110,000 m² (1,185,000 sq. ft), of which 90,000 m² (970,000 sq. ft) will be office space, and the remaining 20,000 m² (215,000 ft) will contain a commercial mall and a three-stars hotel with restaurant, bar, and fitness center. There will be an underground parking lot with capacity 1,600 spaces.



This map shows the location of the Levallois twin towers, as well as the location of all other skyscrapers either already built or currently planned in Paris.

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Old June 21st, 2006, 01:56 AM   #177
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the twins are pretty massive. are there plans for more towers in the area of the project ?
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Old June 21st, 2006, 09:06 AM   #178
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This is old rotten news. Ugly towers. Any fresh news?
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Old June 21st, 2006, 03:32 PM   #179
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Cyril, if you want to vent your hatred of France and Paris, try to do that outside of this thread. Thank you.

HD, as of now there are no plans to build other skyscrapers around the Levallois twin towers. However, once the towers are completed in 2009, it may prompt construction of new skyscrapers there, who knows. Also, the local councils in Issy-les-Moulineaux and Saint-Denis are said to be planning their own skyscrapers. Should they outdo Levallois by building taller skyscrapers, then Levallois mayor Mr. Balkany might want to strike back by building something taller than in Issy or Saint-Denis. There's a lot of ego going on in these projects, and Mr. Balkany is certainly known for his great ego. Anyway, time will tell.
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Old June 21st, 2006, 03:45 PM   #180
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so if someone finds these towers ugly, this means he hates france or paris?
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