The City of Paris has called upon the architects of the world to propose "innovative urban projects" to reimagine the city's urban future. As the first competition of its kind in the world, Mayor Anne Hidalgo and her Deputy, Jean-Louis Missika, will "select and implement the new forms of buildings that will shape the future of Paris," putting innovation at the top of the criteria. Offering 23 sites, located in the centre of Paris and on the peripheries, the City is convinced that "the challenges faced by the world can be addressed through local answers." According to the Mayor, "from today, world creators are given carte blanche to reinvent the ways of living, working and trading in Paris." "Surprise us!"
From abandoned electricity substations to open spaces in the heart of urban areas - some of which are in the 4e or 5e arrondissement - the sites offer exciting challenges for creating architecture in a dense urban environment. Although the process requires professional teams to enter (it is not an ideas competition) alongside a developer, the potential to shape the future of a major European capital as part of an ambitious framework on this scale is ground breaking.