Archinect - News 2017-08-17T01:57:51-04:00 Parisian Grande Arche to be Renovated Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T20:18:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T20:18:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government has now promised &euro;200m (&pound;160m) worth of "important renovation work" on the south side of the [Grande Arche de la D&eacute;fense] to begin in October and last for two years. The Grande Arche was designed by Danish architect Johann Otto von Spreckelsen, who won an international competition to design a 20th century Arc de Triomphe but who was later forced through illness to transfer responsibility for the construction to French architect Paul Andreu.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> France pledges €200m to restore La Défense's crumbling cube Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T13:43:05-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sited at the heart of France's main business district at La D&eacute;fense, the enormous and impressive Grande Arche was always more than a monument to the triumph of humanitarian ideals over military glory. [...] A quarter of a century on, however, the crumbling state of La Grande Arche de la D&eacute;fense might be a metaphor for France's struggling economy. [...] The government has now promised &euro;200m (&pound;160m) worth of "important renovation work" [...] to begin in October and last for two years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="600" height="377" 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>