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Théâtre d'eau Swimming Pool / LOG Architectes

© Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam © Edouard Decam

Vincent Callebaut's 2050 Vision of Paris as a "Smart City"

Addressing Paris’ housing and density issues, French firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has developed a proposal for multiple high-rise buildings with positive energy output (BEPOS). Comprised of eight multi-use structures inhabiting various locations within Paris, the plan strives to address major sustainability problems affecting each district, while providing key functions for the city. 

Mangrove Towers from street level. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Antismog Towers from street level. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Bridge Tower. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Mountain Towers from street level. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture

2 En 1 : Intergenerational House / TICA architecture

  • Architects: TICA architecture
  • Location: Vaux-sur-Mer, France
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TICA architecture

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Ricardo Porro, Architect of Cuba’s National Art Schools, Dies at 89

Ricardo Porro, the leading architect behind Cuba’s National Art Schools - one of the largest architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution - has died of heart failure in Paris at the age of 89. After spending nearly a half a century in exile, Porro lived long enough to see his two arts schools reemerged on the world stage as “crown jewels of modern Cuban architecture.” 

Aquatic Centre Montigny-les-Metz / DRD Architecture

© Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger © Gregoire Auger

Château de Rentilly Refurbishment as FRAC Ile-de-France Arts Centre / Bona-Lemercier

  • Architects: Bona-Lemercier
  • Location: Rentilly, 77600 Bussy-Saint-Martin, France
  • Partners : Xavier Veilhan, artist and Alexis Bertrand, scenographer
  • Area: 1350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Florian Kleinefenn

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Redline / Pietri Architectes

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Arte Charpentier Architectes Unveils Plans for Calais Congress Centre

Nestled into the coastal landscape of Calais on the northern coast of France, Arte Charpentier Architectes have unveiled their design for the Calais Congress Centre, a hub for cultural and social activity in the bustling city. Located along the English Channel, the centre will provide remarkable views of the water and ships entering the city's commercial port. The curvilinear centre will mimic the lush green landscape while echoing the energy of the city with an asymmetrical, ethereal design which includes flexible public space, exhibition halls, meeting rooms, and two hotels all shrouded by an elegant curtain of glass.

Enter the Calais Cultural Centre with images and info after the break

The centre will feature panoramic coastal views. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior public spaces. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Interior cafe. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes Exterior plaza at night. Image © Arte Charpentier Architectes

Aquatic Centre Louviers / DRD Architecture

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Multicultural Centre in Isbergues / Dominique Coulon & Associés

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés
  • Location: Rue Léon Blum, 62330 Isbergues, France
  • Architects In Charge: Dominique Coulon, Steve Letho Duclos
  • Project Assistant: Gautier Duthoit
  • Area: 3928.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: David Romero-Uzeda, Guillaume Wittmann

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Creation of a Forest Shelter at Bertrichamp / Studiolada Architectes + Yoann Saehr Architect

© Christophe Aubertin © Christophe Aubertin © Nicolas Waltefaugle © Christophe Aubertin

Nelson Mandela School / AR+TE Architectes

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House Pegasus / Frédéric Saint-Cricq

  • Architects: Frédéric Saint-Cricq
  • Location: Toulouse, France
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Patrice Menconi

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Maison l'Estelle / François Primault architecte

  • Architects: François Primault architecte
  • Location: Moirax, France
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of François Primault architecte

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Restructuring and Safety Works of Saint-Jean’s Schools / Dominique Coulon & associés

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés
  • Location: 13 Rue des Bonnes Gens, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  • Architects In Charge: Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi, Architects Sarah Brebbia, Olivier Nicollas, Delphine George, Guillaume Wittmann, Architects assistants.
  • Area: 8731.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: David Romero-Uzeda

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda

The Restoration of Chartres Cathedral is a "Scandalous Desecration"

Throughout its eight-century-long history, Chartres Cathedral has been consistently cited as one of the world's greatest religious spaces, charming countless architects thanks to its dramatic interior combining brooding stone vaults and delicate stained glass windows. But this legacy is severely threatened, argues Martin Filler for the New York Review of Books, by a "foolhardy" restoration in its zeal for recapturing the past "makes authentic artifacts look fake."

© Flickr CC User Lawrence OP The stark difference between the original and the restored sections. Image © Flickr CC User Sarah Karlson © Flickr CC User Connie Ma A gilded boss at the top of a vault. Image © Flickr CC User Klaus Wagensonner

Eiffel Tower’s First Floor Refurbishment / Agence Moatti-Rivière

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Centre & Café In Banca / V2S architectes

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo