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Video: The Paris Zoological Park / Bernard Tschumi Architectes with Véronique Descharrières

06:00 - 2 July, 2015


PA#44 - The Paris Zoological Park, Paris 12 por Pavillon-Arsenal

Our friends at the Pavillion de l'Arsenal have shared a collection of videos from their "Paris Architectures" series. Dive into these short films that document remarkable architecture around France's capital city. 

This week we get a glimpse of Bernard Tschumi Architectes' Paris Zoological Park

Paris Approves Plans to Build Herzog & de Meuron's "Triangle Tower"

13:54 - 1 July, 2015
Paris Approves Plans to Build Herzog & de Meuron's "Triangle Tower", © Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Paris has approved its first tower in over 40 years; the city council has agreed to move forward with Herzog & de Meuron's 180-meter-tall "Triangle Tower" - or "Tour Triangle" - after initially rejecting the proposal last year. The controversial plans have been the center of an intense debate since its unveiling in 2008 on whether or not Paris should preserve its 19-century skyline. 

As Gizmodo reports, the Swiss architects sold the tower to the city by claiming its glass facade will "disappear" into the skyline.

“Almost everything the architects say has one message: This building is invisible,” as Foreign Policy pointed out last year. “As if to reinforce this strange duality, the renderings omit Paris’s one true existing skyscraper: the wildly unpopular Tour Montparnasse, built in 1973.”

Nursery School and Municipal Workshops / Jean-François Schmit

02:00 - 29 June, 2015
Nursery School and Municipal Workshops / Jean-François Schmit, Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit
Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit
  • Architects

  • Location

    19th arrondissement, Paris, France
  • Partners

    Ingénierie Studio, SNC Lavalin (BET TCE)
  • Area

    6800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit

Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit +9

Alban Guého Creates "Flood" Installation for Paris' Nuit Blanche 2015

08:00 - 28 June, 2015
Alban Guého Creates "Flood" Installation for Paris' Nuit Blanche 2015, Flood in Galley. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého
Flood in Galley. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého

Architect Alban Guého's “Flood” installation for Paris' 2015 Nuit Blanche arts festival aims to serve as a stark reminder of climate change and the impact humanity has on the world. The 50-square-meter (538 square-foot) installation is composed of weaved filaments that connect the ceiling to the floor. A thick, dark liquid (either oil or black paint) will slowly flow down each string, trickling into a black pool. Flood seeks to address the theme of this year’s Nuit Blanche, which is to echo the issues stemming from COP21, Paris’ Sustainable Innovation Forum.

Detail of Trickling Filament. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého Vector Projection of Flood. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého Parallel Filament. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého Axonometric View of Flood. Image Courtesy of Alban Guého +5

Eco Nursery and Primary School / Jean-François Schmit

02:00 - 26 June, 2015
Eco Nursery and Primary School / Jean-François Schmit, Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit
Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue de la Saïda, 75015 Paris, France
  • Partners

    SNC Lavalin (BET TCE), Tribu (BE environnemental), SLG paysage
  • Area

    5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit

Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit Courtesy of Jean-François Schmit +11

Creche des Orteaux / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

05:00 - 25 June, 2015
Creche des Orteaux / Avenier Cornejo Architectes, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © Julien Lanoo +40

Generator Paris / DesignAgency

02:00 - 16 June, 2015
Generator Paris / DesignAgency, © Nikolas Koenig
© Nikolas Koenig
  • Designers

  • Location

    11 Place du Colonel Fabien, 75010 Paris, France
  • Area

    9328.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig +24

ArchitecTravel: Paris & South of France

00:45 - 16 June, 2015
ArchitecTravel: Paris & South of France, La Defense, Paris
La Defense, Paris

Escorted tour for a small group in Paris and the South of France. Guided by architects, you will see the latest architectural projects as well as explore historic favorites.

CERGY-PONTOISE: Forms and Fictions of a New City

19:30 - 15 June, 2015
CERGY-PONTOISE: Forms and Fictions of a New City

50 years after the adoption of the new cities program, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal recounts the history of Cergy-Pontoise, emblematic of this unique urban and human adventure.

How can we build a landscape city in the 20th century? Who are the founding fathers and the pioneers of this planning policy? What transports for the satellite city? What urban strategies shall be adopted to invent a city of 200,000? How can we encourage citizen participation from the start? How do we continue developing urban planning, with the environmental ambitions of today? What are the conurbation’s future challenges?

Housing in Rue de Lourmel / TVK

05:00 - 11 June, 2015
Housing in Rue de Lourmel  / TVK, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris, France
  • Area

    11000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +39

Dior Men Paris / Antonio Virga Architecte + Dior Men Architecture Department

05:00 - 5 June, 2015
Dior Men Paris / Antonio Virga Architecte + Dior Men Architecture Department, © Olivier Helbert
© Olivier Helbert

© Olivier Helbert © Olivier Helbert © Olivier Helbert © Olivier Helbert +22

MGA Proposes World's Tallest Wood Building in Paris

16:00 - 1 June, 2015
MGA Proposes World's Tallest Wood Building in Paris, © MGA
© MGA

Michael Green Architecture (MGA) and DVVD has teamed up with REI France developments to propose the world's tallest wood building in Paris. The carbon-neutral proposal, developed as part of the city’s innovative Réinventer Paris competition, aims to alleviate the city's urban housing challenges.

“Our goal is that through innovation, youthful social contact and overall community building, we have created a design that becomes uniquely important to Paris,” said Michael Green, Principal of MGA. “Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront. The Pershing Site is the perfect moment for Paris to embrace the next era of architecture.” 

Day Care Center / Rh+ Architecture

11:00 - 30 May, 2015
Day Care Center / Rh+ Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    17 Rue Gustave Geffroy, 75013 Paris, France
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +24

The Chemical Brothers "Go" Brutalist in Paris for Their Latest Music Video

08:00 - 30 May, 2015

In The Chemical Brothers’ “Go” music video, seven women carrying two poles march through Paris’ Front-de-Seine neighborhood in perfectly synchronized choreography by Michel Gondry. The area is located in the 15th district, beside the Seine river, and is characterized by its Brutalist buildings, the result of an urban project in the 1970s that rehabilitated the former industrial area through the construction of 20 towers nearly 100 meters high. 

The buildings were designed by Henri Pottier and Raymond Jules Lopez, and rise around an elevated platform, which features a series of geometric patterns that are best seen from the top of the towers. The video not only highlights several of these buildings, but also integrates the choreography into the remarkable urban setting. 

This post was originally written by José Tomás Franco for Plataforma Arquitectura. 

Panoramic of Front-de-Seine neighborhood, in Paris. Image via Wikipedia CC
Panoramic of Front-de-Seine neighborhood, in Paris. Image via Wikipedia CC

Jean Nouvel on Architectural Eroticism and His Battles to Complete Buildings Correctly

09:30 - 28 May, 2015
Jean Nouvel on Architectural Eroticism and His Battles to Complete Buildings Correctly, The Philharmonie de Paris. Image © Flickr CC user Daniel Hennemand
The Philharmonie de Paris. Image © Flickr CC user Daniel Hennemand

Recently, Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel has been in the news for all the wrong reasons; after his Philharmonie de Paris opened ahead of schedule in January this year, he has been involved in a very public battle to have his name removed from the project to distance himself from the "aberrational decisions" of the client. In this interview, originally published by the Huffington Post as "Interview With Jean Nouvel," Elena Cué sits down with Nouvel in his Paris Studio to talk about his inspirations, the phenomenon of architectural eroticism, and why he is often disappointed with his completed works.

Elena Cué: The anti-Le Corbusier architect Claude Parent was your mentor when you were starting out at the age of 21. Please tell me about what meeting him meant for your career. You were actively involved in May 68 with a radical stance against the educational model of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. What were the things you demanded?

Jean Nouvel: I felt that his studio was one of the most creative at that time. He and his partner, Paul Virilio, created a space where a new approach to architecture could evolve. Paul became a very well-known philosopher and thinker of the time. I joined the intellectual rebellion of "May 68" and it certainly impacted my architectural style in terms of its criticism of the way in which French cities have traditionally been constructed. Later on, I joined with them to create the "March 1976 Movement," which demanded that the design of French cities no longer follow the same traditional model. Soon after, the architecture trade union was formed. It was a time of intellectual excitement.

The Torre Agbar. Image © Flickr CC user Juanedc The Fondation Cartier. Image © Flickr CC user Rory Hyde The Museo Reina Sofía. Image © Flickr CC user Manu (mscosgalla) The Philharmonie de Paris. Image © Flickr CC user Marko Erman +8

The Transnational Urbanism of Paris: An Interview With Assistant Mayor Jean-Louis Missika

09:30 - 27 May, 2015
The Transnational Urbanism of Paris: An Interview With Assistant Mayor Jean-Louis Missika, The Halle Freyssinet, a 16,000 square meter railway depot that Paris is preparing to convert into the world's largest business incubator, "will be as emblematic as the Eiffel Tower". Image © City of Paris
The Halle Freyssinet, a 16,000 square meter railway depot that Paris is preparing to convert into the world's largest business incubator, "will be as emblematic as the Eiffel Tower". Image © City of Paris

In the past century, the rise of globalism, of relatively cheap international transport, and above all, of the "world city" has fundamentally changed the way we think about citizenship and the nation state. To accommodate that change, we have also had to invent a new kind of "Transnational Urbanism": at the more esoteric end of this scale are ideas such as JG Ballard's "city of the 21st century," a geographically scattered "city" made up of the interconnected no-man's-land of international airports, which was recently exemplified by Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva's hypothetical proposal for Moscow's Central Business district. At the other end of the scale are pragmatic choices that must be made by cities such as New York, London and Hong Kong that truly affect the lives of people not just living in the city, but around the world.

To probe this topic, MONU Magazine has dedicated their latest issue to the topic of Transnational Urbanism. In this extract from the magazine, MONU's Bernd Upmeyer and Beatriz Ramo interview French sociologist and Assistant Mayor of Paris Jean-Louis Missika to discover how the city is positioning itself as a 21st century global city, and how it is absorbing and adopting change in everything from the creative class to smart cities and 3D Printing.

Map of Paris with Montreuil in the east and Saint-Denis in the north. Image © City of Paris Aerial view of Ivry Bercy. Image © City of Paris Interior of the incubator in Halle Freyssinet in the 13th arrondissement in Paris. Image © City of Paris Aerial view of Ivry Choisy. Image © City of Paris +17

Elderly Residential Home / Atelier Zündel Cristea

03:00 - 19 May, 2015
Elderly Residential Home / Atelier Zündel Cristea, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Notre-Dame De Bon Secours, 68 Rue des Plantes, 75674 Paris, France
  • Design Team

    Nicolas Souchko and Mario Russo,
Elena Melzoba,
Célia Horn,
Alberto Gatti,
Consultants
Igrec Ingénierie, Atelier Villes et Paysages, VS-A, Acoustique & Conseil
  • Area

    29000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +31

Rue du Charolais / Eva Samuel

20:00 - 8 May, 2015
Rue du Charolais / Eva Samuel, © Clément Guillaume
© Clément Guillaume

© Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume © Clément Guillaume +19