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Rue Du Chateau Des Rentiers’ Housing / Explorations Architecture

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

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See Inside Le Corbusier's Mind with These 5 Paintings

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Le Corbusier’s death, Galerie Eric Mouchet is collaborating with Galerie Zlotowski to showcase Le Corbusier: Panorama of a Lifetime’s Work in Paris. The exhibition, opening April 23 and on view through July 25, will provide a comprehensive overview of paintings, drawings and engravings of the legendary Le Corbusier. 

“Le Corbusier, who was never without a sketchbook in his pocket, devoted half of every day over a 45 year period to writing, painting and drawing - what he called his ‘Atelier de la recherché patiente,’” says the galleries. “His visual arts output was both highly original and prolific, stretching from 1917 to 1965. Up to the Second World War, this work was largely for his own personal research. Later, however, it helped drive the design and promotion of the Modulor, a ‘harmonious’ scale of proportions he devised in 1946.”

Take a look inside Le Corbusier’s mind and preview five of the prolific paintings that will be exhibited, after the break. 

French Artist Levalet Inks Imaginary Scenes onto Parisian Buildings

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 street art 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.

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

After boycotting the premature opening of the infamous Philharmonie de Paris, 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.

Challenging the notion that beauty is subjective, Alain de Botton 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 cities, after the break. 

40 Housing Units / LAN Architecture

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Sport Centre Jules Ladoumegue / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

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City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock

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

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

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Flat Renovation for a Photographer / Alia Bengana

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

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

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 Paris” 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.”

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65 Rooms for Student Housing / Jacques Ripault Architecture

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

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Welfare Centre for Children and Teenagers / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons

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Amenagement Des Bureaux Ekimetrics / Estelle Vincent Architecture

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Snøhetta Chosen to Design Le Monde Headquarters in Paris

French media company Le Monde Group has chosen Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in Paris. Clad with a pixelated matrix of glass that offers varying degrees of transparency, the building’s distinct facade will be embedded with clusters of LEDs that project “abstracted levels of data,” symbolically representing the group’s continuous “flow of information.” 

“The intention is that the façade gives the building a homogenous character when viewed from distance, but at the same time reveals a greater level of complexity as the view approaches – like headlines and detailed content in a news story,” says Snøhetta. “The façade patterns are intended to represent the building as a complete volume, while the distorted pixel map creates a rich tapestry from inside and out.”