Video: Inside a Chinese, Parisian Ghost Town

This Parisian ghost town in , has become the archetype of ’s architectural copycat culture. Brought to light by the folks at The Atlantic Cities, this short video by German filmmaker Caspar Stracke accounts for an average day in this faux-Parisian development where less than 10,000 residents call home.

For more about China’s copycat culture, read Why China’s Copy-Cats Are Good For Architecture.

20 Social Housing in Paris / h2o architectes

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Architects: h2o architectes
Location: Paris,
Engineering: Louis Choulet
Area: 1850.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

Legendre / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

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Architects: Avenier Cornejo Architectes
Location:
Client: RIVP
Contractor: Bouygues Habitat Social
Area: 926.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stephane Chalmeau, Cristobal Palma, Serge Barto

46 Homes in Rue du Maroc / MAAST

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Architects: MAAST
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Isabelle Manescau, François Marzelle
Design Team: Julien Roman Environmental consultancy
Construction Consultancy: Sechaud et Bossuyt Safety
Area: 3,610 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, Cécile Septet

Plein Soleil / rh+ architecture

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Architects: rh+ architecture
Location: ,
Area: 2,560 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Pink Flamingo / Stephane Maupin

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Architects: Stephane Maupin
Location: Rue Julie Daubié, ,
Area: 2400.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Guillaume Clément, Cecile Septet

Mixed-Use Building in Paris Winning Proposal / SOA Architectes

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Constructing on such a vast area in the very heart of Paris, where nothing has been built yet, calls for an encounter between the remote and the present. With the challenge to produce architectural continuity and convergence to determine the new architectural style of the site, this winning proposal by SOA Architectes aims to establish familiar ties with its environment. It is not only about unveiling what is already present in the urban unconscious of the Tolbiac district but also about inventing a new way of telling its story. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Social Housing / Frédéric Schlachet Architecte

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Architects: Frédéric Schlachet Architecte
Location: Paris,
Architect In Charge: Frédéric Schlachet Architect
Area: 1,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: F. Schlachet

Tetris, Social Housing and Artist Studios / Moussafir Architectes

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Architects: Moussafir Architectes
Location: ,
Design Team: Jacques Moussafir with Alexis Duquennoy (architect project manager)
Engineering: SIBAT
Contractors: SRC
Area: 794 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Luc Boegly

Napoleon Flat / FREAKS freearchitects

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Architects: FREAKS freearchitects
Location: , France
Area: 170.0 sqm
Photographs: David Foessel

Appartement Spectral / BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY

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Architects: BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY
Location: Levallois, Paris,
Project Team: Nicolas Dorval-Bory, Raphaël Bétillon (principals); Federica Sedda, José Rocha Gonçalves (interns)
Budget: 33,000 € VAT excluded
Area: 20 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY

Morangis Retirement Home / VOUS ETES ICI Architectes

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Architects: VOUS ETES ICI Architectes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: A. Becker, J. Paulré, P. Pflughaupt
Area: 5,315 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: 11H45

Université Paris Diderot / Lacoudre Architectures

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Architects: Lacoudre Architectures
Location: ,
Design Team: Anne Since, Christian Koch, Anne Derian, Camille Thirouin, Michel Tan, Pauline Ferraeira
Area: 15,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nicolas Borel, 11h45

BIG Wins Europa City Development in Paris

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Danish architecture firm, BIG - led by Bjarke Ingels – has been announced as the winner of an international invited competition for the design of Europa City,  a 800,000 square meter cultural, recreational and retail development in Triangle de Gonesse, France.  Combining city development with an open landscape, creates a dynamic center of activity for visitors and residents, appealing to the variety of functions of city life.   is situated along the route from Charles de Gaule Airport to and has a wide range of programs that is part of a larger initiative to attract international tourism into the northern parts of .

More on the project after the break…

AD Classics: Swiss Pavilion / Le Corbusier

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In 1930, was tasked with designing a dormitory that would house Swiss students at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris. At first the architect and Pierre Jeanneret, his partner at the time, refused to take on the project due to tensions with the Swiss after their handling of the architects’ proposal for the League of Nations competition. Eventually, however, they agreed to see it through and worked on a very limited budget, which led the building to become a summation of ’s modern principles, forcing him to focus on dwelling before all else.

‘Panta Rhei’ Exhibition / Mateo Arquitectura

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On view until this Saturday, April 13th, at the Galerie d’Architecture in , the ‘Panta Rhei’ exhibition by Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura is a tour through time: the past, present and future of the practice’s work. Highlighting projects, materials and moments that tend to be concealed from view, their ‘everything flows’ themed exhibit forms part of the agency’s praxis. Mateo displays how the present leads us to the future, and projects that are already being transported to reality. Also, the present of that which is clearly finished, and a trace of the past that has brought us to this point. An exhibition allows us to salvage, for a moment, materials produced in different contexts, to support ideas, explain stories or understand a world. For more information, please visit here. More images of the exhibition can be viewed after the break.

Video: Basket Apartments / OFIS architects

Located on a long and very narrow site, on the edge of Parc La Vilette in ’s 19th district, the major objective of the Basket Apartments was to provide students with a healthy environment for studying, learning and meeting. Designed by OFIS architects, their video gives viewers a look at the surrounding urban context, including the new Paris tram route passing along the site. The open corridor, gallery, and studio spaces are all illustrated here as the film takes you through a typical experience by its users.

The extension of the Montreuil Polytechnic / Ateliers 2_3_4_

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Architects: Ateliers 2/3/4/
Location: , France
Architect In Charge: Olivier Arene, Jean-François Patte, Emilie Sopena
Design Team: Elie Marçais, Hélène Arligui, Olivia Medot, Nicolas Guillaume, Fabrizio Glorioso, Guilio Tarquini, Tae Hyung Kim
Area: 4,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Juan Sepulveda, Nicolas Fussler