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Boulevards in Paris: A Mathematical Success?

Since Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann began his comprehensive redesign of central Paris in the mid-nineteenth century, the Hausmann Plan has been a topic of discussion for architects, planners and social theorists. The network of wide, open boulevards lined by regular (and regulated) neoclassical buildings has come in and out of favor over the years, and now is one of the key factors in the city's popular reputation as a beautiful city.

Now though, a different set of academics have entered the conversation to offer a new way of looking at the Haussmann Plan: a group of mathematical physicists from the CEA Institute of Theoretical Physics in Gif-sur-Yvette have collaborated with a group of social scientists to analyze the changes of the Haussmann Plan using sophisticated network theory, as reported by BBC Worldwide.

Find out about their study's findings after the break

Video: Inside a Chinese, Parisian Ghost Town

This Parisian ghost town in Tianducheng, China has become the archetype of China'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. 

20 Social Housing in Paris / h2o architectes

© Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Architects: h2o architectes
  • Location: Rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011 Paris, France
  • Engineering: Louis Choulet
  • Area: 1850.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

Legendre / Avenier Cornejo Architectes

© Stephane Chalmeau © Cristobal Palma © Stephane Chalmeau © Cristobal Palma

Plein Soleil / rh+ architecture

  • Architects: rh+ architecture
  • Location: 15 Rue Riquet, 75019 Paris, France
  • High Environmental Quality: RFR éléments
  • Structure: EVP Ingénierie
  • Electricity / Ventilation / Economist: TECH Ingénierie
  • Façade: T/E/S/S atelier d’ingénierie
  • General contractor: Capaldi Construction
  • Area: 2560.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Mixed-Use Building in Paris Winning Proposal / SOA Architectes

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

© F. Schlachet © F. Schlachet © F. Schlachet © F. Schlachet

Tetris, social housing and artist studios / Moussafir Architectes

  • Architects: Moussafir Architectes
  • Location: Rue du Nord, 75018 Paris, France
  • Design Team: Jacques Moussafir with Alexis Duquennoy (architect project manager)
  • Engineering: SIBAT
  • Contractors: SRC
  • Area: 794.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Napoleon Flat / FREAKS freearchitects

© David Foessel
© David Foessel

© David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel © David Foessel

Appartement Spectral / BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY

  • Architects: BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY
  • Location: Levallois, Paris, France
  • Project Team: Nicolas Dorval-Bory, Raphaël Bétillon (principals); Federica Sedda, José Rocha Gonçalves (interns)
  • Budget: 33,000 € VAT excluded
  • Area: 20.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY

© BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY © BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY © BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY © BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY

Morangis Retirement Home / VOUS ETES ICI Architectes

  • Architects: VOUS ETES ICI Architectes
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge: A. Becker, J. Paulré, P. Pflughaupt
  • Developer: Immodieze and AXENTIA for the Conseil General du 91
  • Partners and collaborators: Dumez IDF (general contractor), FACEA (fluids engineering) LECARPENTIER (exteriors and landscaping) SPOOMS (kitchen engineering) CAP HORN (Acoustics engineering) LAPOINTE (roads and water engineering), 11H45 (Photograph)
  • Area: 5315.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: 11H45

© 11H45 © 11H45 © 11H45 © 11H45

Raising of the School Choisy / Lacoudre Architectures

  • Architects: Lacoudre Architectures
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Design Team: Anne Since, Christian Koch, Anne Derian, Camille Thirouin, Michel Tan, Pauline Ferraeira
  • Area: 15300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nicolas Borel, 11h45

© 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45 © 11h45

BIG Wins Europa City Development in Paris

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, Europa City creates a dynamic center of activity for visitors and residents, appealing to the variety of functions of city life.  Europa City is situated along the route from Charles de Gaule Airport to Paris and has a wide range of programs that is part of a larger initiative to attract international tourism into the northern parts of Paris.

More on the project after the break...

AD Classics: Swiss Pavilion / Le Corbusier

In 1930, Le Corbusier 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 Le Corbusier's modern principles, forcing him to focus on dwelling before all else.

© Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig

'Panta Rhei' Exhibition / Mateo Arquitectura

On view until this Saturday, April 13th, at the Galerie d’Architecture in Paris, 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.