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"Surprise Us!" City of Paris Invites Architects To Propose Innovative Urban Projects

The City of Paris has called upon the architects of the world to propose "innovative urban projects" to reimagine the city's urban future. As the first competition of its kind in the world, Mayor Anne Hidalgo and her Deputy, Jean-Louis Missika, will "select and implement the new forms of buildings that will shape the future of Paris," putting innovation at the top of the criteria. Offering 23 sites, located in the centre of Paris and on the peripheries, the City is convinced that "the challenges faced by the world can be addressed through local answers." According to the Mayor, "from today, world creators are given carte blanche to reinvent the ways of living, working and trading in Paris." "Surprise us!"

Chipperfield's Musée des Beaux-Arts Nixed for Being too Costly

The French government has cancelled its £8 million contribution towards the £43 million Musée des Beaux-arts by David Chipperfield Architects, causing the Reims’ mayor to “shelve” the museum for being too costly. As reported by the Architects’ Journal, the funds will be reallocated towards the redevelopment of a recently closed sports complex. The museum, originally awarded to Chipperfield following an international competition, was intended to be built on an excavation area and display mediaeval relics. You can review the design, here

Regional Court and Industrial Tribunal at Montmorency / Dominique Coulon & Associés

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Cultural and Sports Center / BRUTHER

  • Architects: BRUTHER
  • Location: Saint Blaise, 75020 Paris, France
  • Partenaires: Altia, Batiserf, Michel Forgue, Louis Choulet
  • Area: 1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of BRUTHER

Courtesy of BRUTHER Courtesy of BRUTHER Courtesy of BRUTHER Courtesy of BRUTHER

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "Musings on a Glass Box" Opens in Paris

In celebration of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain’s 30th anniversary, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has installed an immersive exhibition that encourages visitors to experience the Jean Nouvel-designed, glass and steel museum building in an entirely new way. 

“The Fondation Cartier building designed by Jean Nouvel will be used as raw material for their work, a first in the history of the institution. Musings on a Glass Box is a complex work occupying the entire ground floor of the Fondation Cartier, where a disturbance in the ceiling will trigger a surprising reaction. The result is an immersive environment, including an integral acoustic component by American composer David Lang and sound designer Jody Elff, that works with the building’s architecture to raise questions about transparency, perception, and one’s relation to space.”

A statement from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, after the break.

Video: French Cities Come to Life in Mayeul Akpovi's Time-Lapse Movies

These mesmerizing time-lapse videos by photographer Mayeul Akpovi allow you to see several French cities like never before. Combined with captivating soundtracks, the videos show the architecture of ParisMarseille and Lyon throughout the day with changing light and varying levels of activity. Above, Part I of Paris in Motion displays shots of clouds moving across the sky, reflections on the Le Grande LouvreLa Grande Arche. Check out the remaining six videos after the break.

Paris- Quai de l'Oise / Agence VEA – Architects

  • Architects: Agence VEA – Architects
  • Location: 19th arrondissement, Paris, France
  • Architect In Charge: Julien FORTIER-DURAND
  • Design Team: Antoine CASANOVA, Pauline CHASLES and Bertrand EMGOUE
  • Technical Design Office: CTH
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia

P.A.T.H. Houses / Philippe Starck + Riko

  • Architects: Philippe Starck
  • Location: Montfort-l'Amaury, France
  • Collaboration: Riko
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Philippe Starck

Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck Courtesy of Philippe Starck

Sou Fujimoto Constructs Inhabitable Nomadic Structure for Parisian Art Fair

Over the weekend, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto exhibited an inhabitable sculpture of stacked and suspended aluminum cubes as part of the FIAC art fair in the Parisian Jardins des Tuileries’ gardens. The installation, “Many Small Cubes” is his first project in Paris and was commissioned by the Philippe Gravier art gallery as an exploration of nomadic structures and Sou Fujimoto’s concept of bringing architecture closer to nature. 

"The floating masses of Many Small Cubes creates a new experience of space, a rhythm of flickering shadows and lights like the sun filtering through leafy trees,” described Sou Fujimoto.

IDF Habitat Headquarters / Piuarch + Stefano Sbarbati Architecte

Piuarch and Stefano Sbarbati Architecte have won an international design contest to design the new headquarters of the French housing company IDF Habitat in Champigny-sur-Marne. Designed in collaboration with Stefano Sbarbati, the new building is described as "linear and efficient," but it also acts as a defining building in a new public square, offering "an example of how architecture can contribute to defining empty spaces, transforming them into social areas," according to the architects.

Swimming Pool Kibitzenau / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

  • Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
  • Location: 1 Rue de la Kibitzenau, 67100 Strasbourg, France
  • Design Team: Claire Bodenez, Jennifer Goletz
  • Project Leader: Robert Grimm
  • Area: 6501.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: David Boureau

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Strato Office Block / Hardel et Le Bihan Architectes

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon

Médiatheque de Monterblanc / Studio 02

  • Architects: Studio 02
  • Location: Monterblanc, France
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris: The Critics Respond

The people behind Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton (FLV) in Paris, which is set to officially open on the 27th October 2014, recently invited a band of architecture critics to take a look around and pen their thoughts. Gehry's bold approach to architectural form, most evident in buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, matches the foundation's aim to "promote and support contemporary and artistic creation" in France. According to their website, they in particular embody "a passion for artistic freedom." How, then, has the enormous sailed structure, challenged by local opposition from the outset, settled into its Parisian parkland surroundings?

See what The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright, The Observer's Rowan Moore, Vanity Fair's Paul Goldberger, The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne, as well as the Architectural Digests' Mayer Rus, had to say about Gehry's latest completed building after the break.

© Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle

Salle Polyvalente de Plumergat / Studio 02

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Old House in Douvaine / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

  • Architects: Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
  • Location: 74140 Douvaine, France
  • Architects In Charge: Eric Frei, Kaveh Rezakhanlou
  • Project Management: Michel Desvallées
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Romain Blanchi

© Romain Blanchi © Romain Blanchi © Romain Blanchi © Romain Blanchi

Entre Deux Rives / PHILIPPON - KALT Architects

  • Architects: PHILIPPON - KALT Architects
  • Location: 7 Quai Châtelier, 93450 L'Île-Saint-Denis, France
  • Area: 11100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, Courtesy of PHILIPPON - KALT Architects

© Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie © Hervé Abbadie