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What's Up Paris?

16:52 - 26 October, 2016
What's Up Paris?, What's Up Paris
What's Up Paris

From reTHINKING competitions we are happy to announce our new competition:“What's Up Paris?” A city like Paris is intense, full of tourists, workers, cars ... is a place in constant motion, with changes of atmosphere, with people walking and taking pictures. It is the perfect city for having a coffee and watch people go by, watch tourists spellbound with its architecture, businessmen who run to take the subway or Parisians who simply walk their city.

OMA, MAD Among 7 Architects Selected in Competition to Redesign Tour Montparnasse

14:00 - 17 October, 2016
OMA, MAD Among 7 Architects Selected in Competition to Redesign Tour Montparnasse, © flickr user xispics. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
© flickr user xispics. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Ensemble Immobilier Tour Maine-Montparnasse (EITMM) has selected 7 notable firms to continue to the second round in a competition for the renovation of Tour Montparnasse in the Montparnasse district of Paris, France.

Often cited as one of the architecture world’s most hated buildings, Tour Montparnasse has been criticized for its discordance with the Parisian urban landscape – just two years after its completion, new buildings over seven stories high in the city centre were banned, leaving the tower as an alien presence on the skyline.

With the launching of the competition, the EITMM hopes to transform Tour Montparnasse into a beloved landmark with a complete renovation of the facade, the building entry and all interior spaces. The budget for the project is estimated to reach over 300 million Euro ($330 million USD), and will be funded in entirety by the building owners.

Artist Miguel Chevalier Projects Imaginary Starscapes onto the Ceiling of a Gothic Cathedral in Paris

12:10 - 12 October, 2016

Digital artist Miguel Chevalier has transformed the ceiling of the Saint-Eustache Church into a dynamic, imaginary sky chart for the 2016 Nuit Blanche Festival in Paris. The installation, titled Voûtes Célestes, illuminates the soaring ceilings with 35 different colored networks to create glowing webs of light that highlight the church’s gothic architecture.

Screenshot of Voûtes Célestes Screenshot of Voûtes Célestes Screenshot of Voûtes Célestes Screenshot of Voûtes Célestes +9

Soar over Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and More With These Incredible 360-Degree Panoramas

12:00 - 2 October, 2016

Since 2009, Mario Carvajal has captured amazing panoramic photographs from his hometown in Colombia as well as top destination spots around the globe. He has climbed the Empire State Building in New York and Colpatria Tower in Bogota, Colombia. Carvajal has captured the geographical beauty of Iceland as well as the intensity of Paris at night. 

As Carvajal mentioned in an interview with ArchDaily, images in 360 degrees "allow the viewer to dive into an attractive and interesting 'virtual world' to experience immersive sensations". Of course, with the new surge in popularity these types of pictures have experienced with the hardware becoming more readily available and these images being shared more and more every day through Facebook, Carvajal's work reaches new levels, allowing thousands of people to see the world from above. 

Below, we invite you to see his best shots of iconic buildings and landscapes around the world. For a complete experience, we recommend using Google Cardboard.

Talent.IO Office / Vincent & Gloria Architectes

03:00 - 29 September, 2016
Talent.IO Office  / Vincent & Gloria Architectes, © Arnaud Schelstraete
© Arnaud Schelstraete

© Arnaud Schelstraete            © Arnaud Schelstraete            © Arnaud Schelstraete            © Arnaud Schelstraete            +24

Review: "REM" – A Retroactive, Redacted Study of the World’s Greatest Living Architect

11:15 - 14 September, 2016
Review: "REM" – A Retroactive, Redacted Study of the World’s Greatest Living Architect, Rem Koolhaas, the eponymous protagonist of "REM". Image © Tomas Koolhaas
Rem Koolhaas, the eponymous protagonist of "REM". Image © Tomas Koolhaas

In the canon of great Dutch architects sit a number of renowned practitioners, from Berlage to Van Berkel. Based on influence alone, Rem Koolhaas—the grandson of architect Dirk Roosenburg and son of author and thinker Anton Koolhaas—stands above all others and has, over the course of a career spanning four decades, sought to redefine the role of the architect from a regional autarch to a globally-active shaper of worlds – be they real or imagined. A new film conceived and produced by Tomas Koolhaas, the LA-based son of its eponymous protagonist, attempts to biographically represent the work of OMA by “expos[ing] the human experience of [its] architecture through dynamic film.” No tall order.

Mark – a homeless man, filmed in Seattle Public Library (USA). Image © Tomas Koolhaas CCTV (China). Image © Tomas Koolhaas De Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Image © Tomas Koolhaas Seattle Public Library (USA). Image © Tomas Koolhaas +17

Cloys Apartment / Atelier 56S

15:00 - 1 September, 2016
Cloys Apartment / Atelier 56S, © Jeremias Gonzalez
© Jeremias Gonzalez

© Jeremias Gonzalez © Jeremias Gonzalez © Jeremias Gonzalez © Jeremias Gonzalez +15

Secrétan Covered Market / Architecture Patrick Mauger

11:00 - 31 August, 2016
Secrétan Covered Market / Architecture Patrick Mauger, © Didier Boy de la Tour
© Didier Boy de la Tour

© Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour © Didier Boy de la Tour +16

AD Classics: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes

04:00 - 19 August, 2016
AD Classics: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, The Exposition’s poster, designed by Robert Bonfils. ImageCourtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum
The Exposition’s poster, designed by Robert Bonfils. ImageCourtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum

The end of the First World War did not mark the end of struggle in Europe. France, as the primary location of the conflict’s Western Front, suffered heavy losses in both manpower and industrial productivity; the resulting economic instability would plague the country well into the 1920s.[1] It was in the midst of these uncertain times that the French would signal their intention to look not to their recent troubled past, but to a brighter and more optimistic future. This signal came in the form of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Decorative Arts and Modern Industries) of 1925 – a landmark exhibition which both gave rise to a new international style and, ultimately, provided its name: Art Deco.

Courtesy of Wikimedia user François GOGLINS (Public Domain) Courtesy of Wikimedia user François GOGLINS (Public Domain) Horta’s Belgian Pavilion was a radical departure from his typically curvilinear Art Nouveau style. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user François GOGLINS (Public Domain) Courtesy of Wikimedia user François GOGLINS (Public Domain) +14

This Speculative Project Imagines A Mixed-Use Building Wrapped Around the Arc de Triomphe

16:45 - 29 July, 2016
This Speculative Project Imagines A Mixed-Use Building Wrapped Around the Arc de Triomphe, © Patterlini Benoit
© Patterlini Benoit

French architect Patterlini Benoit has imagined a mixed-use building to be wrapped around one half of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Completed in 1836 as a memorial to the victories of the French armies under Napoleon, Paris’ triumphal arch is one of the most iconic and visited landmarks in France and the world over. But Benoit argues that its status as a tourist destination has removed it from the authentic cityscape that is used by everyday Parisians. His proposal attempts to reclaim the monument for the city by dividing the arch with an enormous mirrored plane – visually competing the monument from one perspective and providing new function from another. In this way, Benoit claims, the structure can be “brought into modernity without denying history.”

© Patterlini Benoit © Patterlini Benoit © Patterlini Benoit © Patterlini Benoit +10

Tomas Ghisellini Architects Propose Shimmering Extension to the Italian Institute of Culture in Paris

06:00 - 29 July, 2016
Tomas Ghisellini Architects Propose Shimmering Extension to the Italian Institute of Culture in Paris, Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects

As part of an experimental ideas exhibition, Tomas Ghisellini Architects (TGA) have designed an extension to the Italian Institute of Culture in Paris. Nine Italian practices were engaged by a consortium of French and Italian institutions, and this cohesive union of cultures is mirrored in TGA's design. TGA's proposal plays with transparency and layering, with two large volumes of glass and steel referencing the "Parisian architectures of transparency," whilst displaying the excellence of Italian materiality and craftsmanship. The exhibition is being shown at the historical complex of the Hotel de Galliffet in Paris until December this year.  

Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects +14

Macdonald Public Facility Complex / Kengo Kuma & Associates

02:00 - 25 July, 2016
Macdonald Public Facility Complex  / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Guillaume Satre
© Guillaume Satre

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre +30

Hospital Complex Broussais / a+ samueldelmas

05:00 - 24 July, 2016
Hospital Complex Broussais  / a+ samueldelmas, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Frédéric Gémonet © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +20

Repossi Place Vendome / OMA

10:30 - 6 July, 2016
Repossi Place Vendome / OMA, © Cyrille Weiner, Courtesy of Repossi
© Cyrille Weiner, Courtesy of Repossi

© Cyrille Weiner, Courtesy of Repossi © Cyrille Weiner, Courtesy of Repossi © Cyrille Weiner, Courtesy of Repossi © Cyrille Weiner, Courtesy of Repossi +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Place Vendôme, Paris, France
  • Partner

    Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
  • Team

    Antonio Barone, Paul Cornet, Leonardos Katsaros, Francesca Lantieri, Kate Lee, Francesco Moncada, Silvia Sandor
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Call for Entries: Montmartre Markets

03:00 - 5 July, 2016
Call for Entries: Montmartre Markets, Marché de Montmartre
Marché de Montmartre

Abbesses and Chateau Rouge are demonstrative of the great socio-economic divide currently installed in Paris. Only a few hundred metres apart, the difference between plush 'bobo' Abbesses and relatively deprived Chateau Rouge could not be more distinct. They both share a common urban element, the market. This competition proposes the design of a small intervention in either or both sites to further support these social infrastructures and provide improved market and exchange spaces. But through a collective architectural response, could these two sites be brought closer together?

The Claude Bernard Overpass / DVVD Engineers Architects Designers

15:00 - 4 July, 2016
The Claude Bernard Overpass / DVVD Engineers Architects Designers, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    19th arrondissement, Paris, France
  • Team

    Paula Castro, Céline Cerisier, Vincent Dominguez, Toma Dryjski, Bertrand Potel, Louis Ratajczak, Daniel Vaniche
  • Project Manager

    Clément Carrière, Nicolas Didier
  • Area

    392.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The Accorhotels Arena / DVVD Engineers Architects Designers

03:00 - 1 July, 2016
The Accorhotels Arena / DVVD Engineers Architects Designers, Courtesy of DVVD Engineers Architects Designers
Courtesy of DVVD Engineers Architects Designers

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    12th arrondissement, 75012 Paris, France
  • Project Directors

    Vincent Dominguez and Daniel Vaniche
  • Team

    Paula Castro, Céline Cerisier, Vincent Dominguez, Toma Dryjski, Bertrand Potel, Louis Ratajczak, Daniel Vaniche
  • Area

    62000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Hipark Hotel / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

03:00 - 24 June, 2016
Hipark Hotel  / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Boulevard d'Indochine, 75019 Paris, France
  • Leading Architect

    Manuelle Gautrand
  • Project Manager

    Cécile Ortolo
  • Area

    5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs