Pavillon de l'Arsenal : Réinventer Paris

Wednesday February 3 2016, Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, unveiled the list of twenty-two winners of "Reinventing Paris" call for innovative urban projects launched in late 2014 a global first to design and build the city of tomorrow. For the occasion, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal presents all projects submitted to the jury.

Twenty-three sites owned by the City and currently disused have been proposed, with the only constraint the rules of the local plan. These bare land, polluted wasteland, classified mansions, office renovation, station, bath-showers and other electrical transformer, resulted in hundreds of projects.

Applicant teams bring together professionals from various backgrounds: architects, landscape architects, urban planners, real estate professionals or engineers, alongside farmers, chefs, anthropologists, artists, philosophers, fashion designers, industry and residents. Similarly, the jury includes some foreign personalities from the Seraglio of architecture, as the mathematician Cédric Villani, anthropologist Michele Baussant or microbiologist Dickson Despommier.

The desired diversity shines on the proposals: participatory habitat, co-construction, reuse of materials, concrete cleaning, decontaminating, plant or photovoltaic, biofaçades, paper bricks, active tiles, urban farms, co-fooding spaces, co-working or co-living, incubators, urban campsites ... environmental concern still remains pervasive, as is the political will of the municipality to continue the housing construction effort accessible to all: the 22 selected projects and provide for the establishment of 1341 new housing, including more than 50% social housing.

The draft Sou Fujimoto, carried by the Ogic group and Compagnie de Phalsbourg, was particularly appreciated. The Japanese architect imagines a huge structure straddling the device, Porte Maillot. "A Thousand Trees" title, this apartment building will link Paris to Neuilly through a bridge-park, where thousand trees will be planted. The inauguration of the building is scheduled for 2022.

Until May 8 2016, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal presents all the designs submitted to the jury. Designed by the architects Peaks agency, set design develops an open and scalable system on 900m² flag, through models, perspectives, 3D animations, films, interviews and testimonials.

To accompany this exhibition, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal develops with the start-up My Blue Wall, an interactive wall that allows multiple visitors simultaneously discover several projects. A book bringing together all the proposals will also be published and available in bookstores on February 15. Finally, a conference and meetings program will start soon, bringing together the winning teams and innovation actors to discover the whole Paris tomorrow.

Illustrations: Pavillon de l'Arsenal

Reinvent Paris at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 21 boulevard Morlan, 75004 Paris, until May 8, 2016, Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 18:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m., free entry.  

For more information, visit the website reinventing Paris and that of Pavillon de l'Arsenal.

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