30m2 Flat in Paris / Richard Guilbault

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Architects: Richard Guilbault
Location: 75018 ,
Area: 30.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Meero

Jean Nouvel Loses Court Case Over Philharmonie de Paris

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Jean Nouvel has lost a court battle aimed to remove his name from the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris. As The Telegraph reports, Nouvel claimed that the £280 million concert hall was inaugurated prematurely and parts of the building was “sabotaged” in doing so, thus believing it to be morally inapt from him be associated with the building.

“The architecture is martyred, the details sabotaged,” he said in a Le Monde editorial, “so taxpayers will have to pay, once again, to correct these aberrational decisions.”

Neker Enfants Malades Hospital / Philippe Gazeau

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Architects: Philippe Gazeau
Location: 149 Rue de Sèvres, 75015 , France
Commissioned Architect:
Project Director: Jacques Forté
Work Director: Michel Delamotte
Area: 60000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Selected to Design Ecole Polytechnique Learning Centre in Paris

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With an idea based on “flexibility, mingling and openness,” Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associates have been announced as winners of a restricted competition to design a new Ecole Polytechnique learning center at -Saclay University. The winning scheme, chosen over four finalists, will consolidate six institutions under one roof: Ecole Polytechnique, Institut Mines-Telecom, AgroParisTech, ENSTA ParisTech, ENSAE ParisTech and Institut d’Optique (IOGS).

Home Renovation / Julien Joly Architecture

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Architects: Julien Joly Architecture
Location: Paris,
Area: 55.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Julien Fernandez

Rue Du Chateau Des Rentiers’ Housing / Explorations Architecture

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Architects: Explorations Architecture
Location: Rue du Château des Rentiers, 75013 , France
Design Team: + Integrale 4 engineers + ETB Antonelli engineers
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michel Denancé

French Artist Levalet Inks Imaginary Scenes onto Parisian Buildings

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A curved street grate becomes an umbrella for a shepherd and his sheep, and a construction site is transformed into a fortress for mop-wielding guards in the interactive of French artist Charles Leval, better known as Levalet. Seeking inspiration from the Parisian streets, Levalet is known for his site-specific, India ink drawings that playfully interact with their surrounding architecture. “Topography is very important for me, this is why I always check a place out before I work on it,” Levalet said in an interview with Underground Paris. “I try to mix the world of representation with the real world by playing on the physical cohesion of the situations I put up. Architecture supports my work. Then I work on staging the artwork with photographs.”

See a selection of Levalet’s work after the break and check out his personal website and Facebook page to learn more about him.

Housing in Paris / Hamonic + Masson & Associés + Comte Vollenweider

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Architects: Hamonic + Masson & Associés, Comte Vollenweider
Location: Chemin Masséna, 75018 ,
Area: 13780.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Takuji Shimmura , Milène Servelle

Jean Nouvel Seeks Legal Action to Distance Himself from Philharmonie de Paris

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After boycotting the premature opening of the infamous Philharmonie de , Jean Nouvel has taken his frustrations to court demanding that his name and image be removed from all references to the publicly funded €390 million concert hall. The French architect, who has claimed to be wrongly vilified as a “spoilt-star artist” and unfairly blamed for the project’s spiraling costs, does not “wish to express himself any further on the project.”

He has asked the court “to order amending work” to 26 “non-compliance” areas that do not comply with his original design. This areas include parapets, fireplaces, facades, the promenade and 2,400-seat concert hall itself.

What Makes An Attractive City? Try These 6 Points.

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Challenging the notion that beauty is subjective, has made a case for attractive cities, believing that a city’s beauty is key to its success and citizens’ quality of life. The Swiss philosopher, author and founder of London’s The School of Life believes that attractiveness is the primary reason why many choose to vacation to Paris, and not Frankfurt.

“We think beauty is subjective, and so no one should say anything about it,” says Botton. “It’s a very understandable qualm, but it’s also horribly useful to greedy property developers.”

So, what makes a city attractive? Find out Botton’s six points for beautiful , after the break.

40 Housing Units / LAN Architecture

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Architects: LAN Architecture
Location: 3 Rue Marie Georges Picquart, 75017 ,
Area: 2900.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Julien Lanoo, Courtesy of LAN Architecture

Patronage Laique & Social Housing / LAPS Architecture + MAB Arquitectura

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Architects: LAPS Architecture, MAB Arquitectura
Location: 72 Félix Faure Avenue, 75015 , France
Area: 1834.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Luc Boegly

City of Paris Approves MVRDV’s Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock

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The City of Paris has approved MVRDV’s plans to overhaul a 1970s urban block in Montparnasse. The ambitious plan aims to “reintroduce the human scale” and improve “accessibility and programmatic identity” to the aging mixed-use development. As part of the restructuring, the building’s existing public library, hotel, commercial and office space will be expanded and a new kindergarten, conference center and social housing units will be added.

Montmatre Mixed Use / Babin+Renaud

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Architects: Babin+Renaud
Location: 24 Avenue de la Porte de Montmartre, 75018 ,
Area: 10296.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cecile Septet

Flat Renovation for a Photographer / Alia Bengana

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Architects: Alia Bengana
Location: 75002 ,
Area: 86.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: V.Vincenzo

The Paper Nursery / Wild Rabbits Architects

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Architects: Wild Rabbits Architects
Location: 46 Rue Piat, 75020 Paris,
Architect In Charge: Vladimir Doray
Area: 900.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

Planning Korea Turns to the Microbial World to Inspire the Future of Paris

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When asked by the City of Paris to envision its future, Planning Korea turned to the uncharted microbial world of the city’s parks. Their observations lead them to an unusual proposal: shape the future “Greater ” by infilling voids within the urban landscape (in this case, between two bridges in the heart of Porte Maillot) with a floating, “organism-like” complex of mixed-use pods designed to coexist with the “macro world of artificial structures.”

65 Rooms for Student Housing / Jacques Ripault Architecture

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Architects: Jacques Ripault Architecture
Location: Porte de Vanves, 75014 Paris,
Area: 2227.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick Müller , Hervé Abbadie