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"Surprise Us!" City of Paris Invites Architects To Propose Innovative Urban Projects

"Surprise Us!" City of Paris Invites Architects To Propose Innovative Urban Projects
"Surprise Us!" City of Paris Invites Architects To Propose Innovative Urban Projects, Site: Sous-station Voltaire (11e). Image Courtesy of Reinventer Paris
Site: Sous-station Voltaire (11e). Image Courtesy of Reinventer Paris

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.

Map of the 23 sites. Courtesy Google Maps.
Map of the 23 sites. Courtesy Google Maps.
Site: Hôtel Particulier (5e). Image Courtesy of Reinventer Paris
Site: Hôtel Particulier (5e). Image Courtesy of Reinventer Paris


Launching of "Reinventing Paris" by Pavillon-Arsenal

Discover more about the process here; see all the sites on offer here. Read the notice in full here (PDF).

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. ""Surprise Us!" City of Paris Invites Architects To Propose Innovative Urban Projects" 06 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/564483/surprise-us-city-of-paris-invites-architects-to-propose-innovative-urban-projects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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