Archinect - News 2014-07-31T19:46:08-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/78370802/hoping-to-improve-missed-connections-at-la-d-fense Hoping to improve missed connections at La Défense Nam Henderson 2013-07-31T15:34:00-04:00 >2013-08-01T12:15:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tf/tfhj8d24ga1m045g.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alessandra Cianchetta, a partner at AWP, the firm mapping the master plan, acknowledges the enormousness of her task. &ldquo;La D&eacute;fense as a concept is a bit obsolete,&rdquo; Ms. Cianchetta said. &ldquo;There is no interaction, no hospitality here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Georgi Kantchev reviewed plans by the public agency that manages the district &nbsp;to upgrade it's public spaces. The firm <a href="http://www.%C2%ADplatforms.%C2%ADfr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AWP </a>wants to&nbsp;add entertainment sites to the main public plaza and build footbridges to connect it with the surrounding neighborhoods.</p>