Great ideas for Great Paris

Boasting exceptional history and heritage, paris region is keen to reinvent itself through wide-ranging architectural competitions, where innovation, sustainability, intelligence and resilience are the key themes.

Great ideas for Great Paris

Boasting exceptional history and heritage, paris region is keen to reinvent itself through wide-ranging architectural competitions, where innovation, sustainability, intelligence and resilience are the key themes.

Imagining and building the city of tomorrow was the goal set by paris region when launching several international architectural competitions, in particular Inventing the Greater Paris Metropolis, Europe’s largest town planning and development consultation. Developers, investors, architects and artists came together to deliver innovative urban projects in keeping with the new ways in which global cities are used. The competition granted the 51 winners the right to carry out their ambitious plans on sites in the heart of the city.

This remarkable initiative, which represents an investment of 7.2 billion Euros, showcased the ability of Grand Paris to invent and build responsible, resilient and inclusive urban neighbourhoods. On the strength of this success, the city of Paris will launch the second stage of this consultation process, the details of which will be unveiled during MIPIM 2018.

Alongside this, in March 2018, Paris will select the winners of a call for innovative urban projects aimed at transforming the city’s underground spaces and realising their full potential. The unusual and little-known spaces that make up the mysterious underground city will be the subject of avant-garde projects from those who dare to go off the beaten track. Creating a livelier and more attractive Paris is the aim of this new consultation, which will open the way for new real estate practices, essential when it comes to building the busy but sustainable cities of tomorrow.

Finally, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who chairs the C40, a network of major cities engaged in the fight against climate change, has launched a new international call for projects, Reinventing Cities, which brings together 15 world cities. This unprecedented international initiative involves around fifty sites in 12 countries, and aims to produce tangible and innovative architectural responses to climate challenges. In Paris, four inventive projects have been proposed aimed at responding to these critical resilience issues. Crafting modernity, Paris is leading the way for other major world cities as an example of a smart city to take inspiration from.

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