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Passage de Melun / Gaëtan Le Penhuel Architecture

20:00 - 7 May, 2015
Passage de Melun / Gaëtan Le Penhuel Architecture, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +12

Anne Démians Wins Competition to Renovate France's Nobel School

15:00 - 3 May, 2015
Anne Démians Wins Competition to Renovate France's Nobel School, © AAD
© AAD

French architect Anne Démians has been named the winner of a competition to renovate and expand the Paris Tech Higher School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry (ESPCI), the 120-year old Nobel School. The competition, which seeks to convert the university into a leading research center, garnered submissions from such designers as Rem Koolhaas and Renzo Piano. As part of a larger transformative campaign undertaken by the school, the ESPCI redesign aims to elevate the Ile de France area to a metropolis standing.

Read on after the break for more on the 176 million Euro proposal.

Mixed Use 107 Apartement Units / Nunc Architectes

04:00 - 1 May, 2015
Mixed Use 107 Apartement Units / Nunc Architectes, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
  • Architects

  • Location

    122 Rue des Poissonniers, 75018 Paris, France
  • Design Team

    Emilie Faivre, Adrienne Fabre, Guillaume Zilio, Pierre Beout, Julie Bourdin, Vincent Rey-Millet, Anne-Emanuelle Metivier, Melanie Passot, Julien Perrot, Marion Piot, Pauline Scherrer
  • Area

    7340.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +34

The Architectural Lab: A History Of World Expos

10:30 - 30 April, 2015
The Universal Exposition of 1889. Image © Wikimedia Commons
The Universal Exposition of 1889. Image © Wikimedia Commons

World Expos have long been important in advancing architectural innovation and discourse. Many of our most beloved monuments were designed and constructed specifically for world’s fairs, only to remain as iconic fixtures in the cities that host them. But what is it about Expos that seem to create such lasting architectural landmarks, and is this still the case today? Throughout history, each new Expo offered architects an opportunity to present radical ideas and use these events as a creative laboratory for testing bold innovations in design and building technology. World’s fairs inevitably encourage competition, with every country striving to put their best foot forward at almost any cost. This carte blanche of sorts allows architects to eschew many of the programmatic constraints of everyday commissions and concentrate on expressing ideas in their purest form. Many masterworks such as Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion (better known as the Barcelona Pavilion) for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition are so wholeheartedly devoted to their conceptual approach that they could only be possible in the context of an Exposition pavilion.

To celebrate the opening of Expo Milano 2015 tomorrow, we’ve rounded up a few of history’s most noteworthy World Expositions to take a closer look at their impact on architectural development.

1964 New York World’s Fair . Image via People for the Pavillion website Buckminster Fuller's Dome. Image © Flickr user abdallahh Barcelona Pavilion. Image © Gili Merin Kiyonari Kikutake's Landmark Tower +19

30m2 Flat in Paris / Richard Guilbault

21:00 - 26 April, 2015
30m2 Flat in Paris / Richard Guilbault, © Meero
© Meero

© Meero © Meero © Meero © Meero +18

Jean Nouvel Loses Court Case Over Philharmonie de Paris

17:15 - 20 April, 2015
Jean Nouvel Loses Court Case Over Philharmonie de Paris, © Flickr CC user Marko Erman
© Flickr CC user Marko Erman

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

03:00 - 15 April, 2015
Neker Enfants Malades Hospital / Philippe Gazeau, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    149 Rue de Sèvres, 75015 Paris, France
  • Commissioned architect

    Philippe Gazeau
  • Project director

    Jacques Forté
  • Work director

    Michel Delamotte
  • Area

    60000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +26

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

15:00 - 7 April, 2015
Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Selected to Design Ecole Polytechnique Learning Centre in Paris, Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associates
Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associates

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 Paris-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).

Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associates Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associates Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associates Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects, Manal Rachdi OXO Architects and Nicolas Laisné Associates +16

Home Renovation / Julien Joly Architecture

06:00 - 6 April, 2015
Home Renovation  / Julien Joly Architecture, © Julien Fernandez
© Julien Fernandez

© Julien Fernandez © Julien Fernandez © Julien Fernandez © Julien Fernandez +26

Rue Du Chateau Des Rentiers’ Housing / Explorations Architecture

16:00 - 26 March, 2015
Rue Du Chateau Des Rentiers’ Housing / Explorations Architecture, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé
  • Architects

  • 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 © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé +20

See Inside Le Corbusier's Mind with These 5 Paintings

19:00 - 25 March, 2015
See Inside Le Corbusier's Mind with These 5 Paintings, Taureau (Bull), 1956; Sheet metal plaque, enameled (Unique work, painted with enamel on sheet metal by Le Corbusier and fired in the studio of Jean Martin in Luynes) (46 x 55 cm). Image © Galerie Eric Mouchet – Galerie Zlotowski
Taureau (Bull), 1956; Sheet metal plaque, enameled (Unique work, painted with enamel on sheet metal by Le Corbusier and fired in the studio of Jean Martin in Luynes) (46 x 55 cm). Image © Galerie Eric Mouchet – Galerie Zlotowski

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

08:00 - 24 March, 2015
French Artist Levalet Inks Imaginary Scenes onto Parisian Buildings, Décrue. Image © Levalet
Décrue. Image © Levalet

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.

Minotaure. Image © Levalet Energy drink. Image © Levalet Pastorale. Image © Levalet Portes ouvertes. Image © Levalet +15

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

06:00 - 13 March, 2015
Housing in Paris  / Hamonic + Masson & Associés + Comte Vollenweider, © Takuji Shimmura
© Takuji Shimmura

© Milène Servelle © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +39

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

12:28 - 4 March, 2015
Jean Nouvel Seeks Legal Action to Distance Himself from Philharmonie de Paris, © Flickr CC user Marko Erman
© Flickr CC user Marko Erman

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.

16:30 - 3 March, 2015

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

10:00 - 1 March, 2015
40 Housing Units  / LAN Architecture, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +43

Sport Centre Jules Ladoumegue / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

04:00 - 25 February, 2015
Sport Centre Jules Ladoumegue / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, © David Boureau
© David Boureau

© David Boureau © David Boureau © David Boureau © David Boureau +19

City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock

01:00 - 23 February, 2015
City of Paris Approves MVRDV's Restructuring of Montparnasse Superblock, © l'autre image
© l'autre image

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.