Archinect - News 2016-10-23T08:22:53-04:00 Were Neanderthals the first architects? Alexander Walter 2016-05-27T15:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-27T18:17:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the stalagmite rings were older than any known cave painting. It also meant that they couldn&rsquo;t have been the work of Homo sapiens. Their builders must have been the only early humans in the south of France at the time: Neanderthals. The discovery suggested that Neanderthals were more sophisticated than anyone had given them credit for. They wielded fire, ventured deep underground, and shaped the subterranean rock into complex constructions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Age of the Anthropocene: a change as big as "the end of the last ice age"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive tomb complex unearthed in Beijing suburb</a></li></ul> Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful intervention Justine Testado 2016-05-13T20:18:00-04:00 >2016-05-15T21:58:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to in situ artist Daniel Buren, the white glassy curved sails of the Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris have received a generous splash of vibrant color &mdash; or 13 colors, to be exact...Developed in collaboration with Frank Gehry, Buren's temporary piece, titled &ldquo;The Observatory of Light&ldquo;, made its official debut this past Wednesday. It took 29 nights over a period of five weeks to apply the dyed filters and white 8.7 cm-wide strips throughout the building's 3,528 glass panes.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Read more about Buren's intervention <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> The first US exhibition on Pierre Chareau coming to the Jewish Museum Nicholas Korody 2016-05-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T21:53:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This fall, the Jewish Museum will present what it&rsquo;s billing as the first United States exhibition devoted to the work of Pierre Chareau, a French Modernist who for decades fell out of the mainstream history of art and architecture [...] Chareau (1883-1950) was a prolific designer and art collector in France, and best known for his Maison de Verre (&ldquo;Glass House&rdquo;), a landmark building in Paris created in 1928 in collaboration with the Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The exhibition, entitled "Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design", is the third exhibition in a trilogy of design exhibitions, following surveys of the work of Isaac Mizrahi and Roberto Burle Marx.</p><p>The French architect and designer also had an impressive collection of art, which will be on view in the exhibit.</p><p>The exhibition will be designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chareau Chareau, Oh Chareau</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maison de Verre's nouveau proprietaire</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Reluctant Architect: 15 Minutes with Liz Diller</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers</a></li></ul> "Hugely overwrought": Oliver Wainwright on the newly-reopened Les Halles Nicholas Korody 2016-04-06T12:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:21:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unveiled this week, the &euro;1bn redevelopment is the largest infrastructure project that Paris has undertaken in decades, aiming to fix the messy tangle where Europe&rsquo;s biggest underground station disgorges 750,000 passengers a day into a labyrinthine warren of shops [...] It is hugely overwrought, the layered steel roof pulled to and fro in tortured twists and turns, forming a contorted rollercoaster of curved trusses and angled bracing...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The whole thing has a forlorn droop when seen from the west, as if sagging under the weight of expectation. Nor does the colour help. Ranging between sand and rancid butter depending on the light, the yellow steelwork casts a jaundiced pallor across the scene, lending the interiors a decidedly institutional air."</em></p><p>From marketplace to open pit to "custard-coloured flop" &ndash; more on Les Halles here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A new vision for Paris' Les Halles</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Les Halles, Days to Go...</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eyeing the 'Belly of Paris'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuilding Les Halles</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Bruno Zhu in a Symphony of Objects</a></li></ul> A look at Sou Fujimoto's proposed sustainable, timber-frame tower Julia Ingalls 2016-03-30T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:45:40-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="732" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laisn&eacute; Roussel</a> and&nbsp;developer Pitch Promotion, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a>'s proposed 50-meter tall mixed-use timber-frame structure Canopia would be the tallest of its kind if built. Riffing a bit off the swirling form of Fujimoto's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abre Blanc</a> apartment building, the proposed structure includes 199 residential units, over 3,700 square meters of commercial offices,&nbsp;a panoramic bar and roof gardens, and 500 square meters of retail space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In addition to being a part of the phase two development of the Amargnac sector of the Bordeaux Saint-Jean&nbsp;Belcier ZAC (urban development zone), Canopia is&nbsp;designed&nbsp;to be environmentally sustainable. Aside from&nbsp;attempting&nbsp;to&nbsp;achieve&nbsp;"Biosource" certification by using cross-laminated spruce or silver fur timber for the flooring and beams, sustainability is partly achieved by the rooftop gardens, which are connected by raised walkways and allow residents to wander among fruit trees, water&nbsp;reservoirs, and vegetable gardens before hitting the bar/re...</p> Two wooden towers to rise in Bordeaux Alexander Walter 2016-03-18T15:30:00-04:00 >2016-03-19T18:47:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>France is to make its first attempt at timber tower construction with two tall wooden buildings in Bordeaux. The towers, reaching 50m and 57m in height, will be developed in the centre of the city by Bordeaux Euratlantique, a public body involved in modernising Bordeaux. The project team for &ldquo;Hyp&eacute;rion&rdquo;, the 18-storey (57m) residential tower, will include Eiffage, specialist wood contractor Woodeum, social landlord Clairsienne and architect Jean-Paul Viguier &amp; Associ&eacute;s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World&rsquo;s tallest wooden skyscraper (at least for now) under construction in Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wood That Reaches New Heights</a></li></ul> Claude Parent, the "last Parisian Supermodernist", dies at 93 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-29T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:24:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Claude Parent, architect and theoretician of &ldquo;oblique function&rdquo;, passed away this past Saturday at the age of 93.</p><p>Trained at the Acad&eacute;mie des Beaux-Arts, Parent studied under Le Corbusier and collaborated with the philosopher Paul Virilio to form the idea of &ldquo;oblique function&rdquo;. Jean Nouvel in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domus</a>, on the occasion of the 2010 retrospective on Parent at the Cit&eacute; de l&rsquo;Architecture in Paris, describes the architect&rsquo;s theoretical interests as preoccupied with &ldquo;interior spaces in continuation, based on sequences of oblique and horizontal planes. The radicalism and expressiveness of these principles scramble all the conventions of orthogonal modernity.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Parent&rsquo;s built work is small in number but highly impactful. His Maison Drusch (Versailles, FR) and Church Sainte-Bernadette du Banlay (Nevers, FR) exemplify his &ldquo;oblique&rdquo; theories, constructing dramatic, sloped spaces to provoke inhabitants into being more self-aware. His &ldquo;utopian&rdquo; preoccupations and methodology has inspired many architect...</p> Playtime: first look at a contemporary extension on a classic house Julia Ingalls 2016-02-11T12:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T22:37:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by Playtime Agence d'Architecture, this 45 square meter glass and pre-lacquered white aluminium&nbsp;extension of a traditional French house is striking without being out of place.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Landscape features heavily in the design's conception: built in order to have "architecture and nature dialogue on a constant basis" as a press release states, the extension affords views of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Monts du Lyonnais and is sited carefully to preserve the property's numerous hundred-year-old trees. Price tag: &euro;180,000 ex VAT.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Olafur Eliasson to storm Versailles Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T15:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T13:39:34-05:00 <img src="" width="598" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Palace at Versailles has announced that Olafur Eliasson will display his artworks at the palace and its gardens this year. The Icelandic-Danish artist's exhibition will be on view from June through October, following the well-received installations of contemporary art at the baroque symbol of absolute monarchy by Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, and French artist Xavier Veilhan...</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson wins a Crystal Award for "improving the state of the world"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed'</a></li></ul> France moves to block Tor, ban free and public Wi-Fi Nicholas Korody 2015-12-07T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-07T15:20:19-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to leaked documents France's Ministry of Interior is considering two new proposals: a ban on free and shared Wi-Fi connections during a state of emergency, and measures to block Tor being used inside France. The documents were seen by the French newspaper Le Monde. According to the paper, new bills could be presented to parliament as soon as January 2016. These proposals&nbsp;are presumably in response to the attacks in Paris last month&nbsp;where 130 people were murdered.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report published by <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Monde</a></em>, the French Ministry of Interior has developed two frightening new security proposals that may be presented to parliament early next years.</p><p>The first, as reported by&nbsp;<em>Ars Technica</em>, would block free, public WiFi during a state of emergency. On November 20, France extended its state of emergency &ndash; implemented in the immediate aftermath of last month's terror attacks &ndash; to three months. Blocking signals could be difficult to implement, if still possible, and have potentially massive implications, leaving many without internet access for extended periods of time.</p><p>The second proposal is to block and/or forbid use of Tor. Originally developed by the US Government to protect intelligence communication, Tor is a free software that enables anonymous communication and internet access. While often used for illicit purposes, notably access to the darknet in order to purchase black market items, it's also vital for whistleblowers, journalists and politic...</p> Temporary wooden ferris-wheel hotel proposed for the Seine River Justine Testado 2015-10-30T21:18:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T20:04:37-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French architects [SCAU] are planning to build a 'water wheel hotel' on the banks of the Seine, which resembles the London Eye but with 'room capsules' that would rotate constantly. ...[However,] the wheel hotel is not intended to be a permanent structure. 'It is made of wood and it will only take four days to assemble or dismantle it, so it could be transported by barge and re-erected elsewhere on the river' [said Maxime Barbier of SCAU]</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title='Movie-themed resort in Macau to show off "figure-8" ferris wheel' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Movie-themed resort in Macau to show off "figure-8" ferris wheel</a></p><p><a title="Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tallest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere expected to break ground in Staten Island soon</a></p><p><a title="UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel &lsquo;Nippon Moon&rsquo; for Japan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel &lsquo;Nippon Moon&rsquo; for Japan</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules</a></p><p><a title="London's oligarch-transformation continues with a &quot;sky pool&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></p><p><a title="Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort</a></p> Can a massive makeover turn Montparnasse into the Times Square of Paris? Alexander Walter 2015-09-09T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T15:14:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has suggested the area around the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper could become the Times Square of the French capital. Now its owners plan to try and make that dream come true. [...] The owners of the 59-storey building are due to launch an international architecture competition next year to revamp the brown tower block and the shopping mall at its base with a major makeover that could cost up to &euro;700 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top architects defend some of the most hated buildings in the world</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris approves its first skyscraper of the 21st century</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris</a></li></ul> Why we blame buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:40:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Accepted wisdom has it that the continuing social unrest in the banlieues, as these suburbs are called, is a direct result of their built form: repetitive slabs and blocks of modern housing, often in large isolated estates. [...] In fact, environmental determinism accompanied the very making of the French suburbs in the postwar period and the development of modern urbanism more generally. Why is it that we assign so much power to buildings?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cap d'Agde: a naked city in the south of France Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T14:04:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the mid-1960s, the De Gaulle-instigated Mission Racine to develop Languedoc-Roussillon&rsquo;s tourist economy created six modernist seaside resorts from scratch, each a day&rsquo;s boat ride apart &ndash; still one of the largest state-run development schemes ever. ...there was some ideological overlap between the purifying doctrines of naturism and modernism: Le Corbusier himself enjoyed airing his bits on the Cote d&rsquo;Azur and shared the same teacher as Cap d&rsquo;Agde&rsquo;s chief architect, Jean le Couteur.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Two Uber executives detained in France Nicholas Korody 2015-06-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:05:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were both taken into custody today in Paris [...] The two executives were charged with two different allegations. First, according to them, Uber is running illegal taxi operations. Uber has been struggling with this charge in many countries, starting with the U.S. Second, the police said that Uber France is concealing digital documents...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests last week</a> turned violent, French authorities have detained two executives of the ride-sharing company Uber, although officials stated that they were brought into custody on charges unrelated to the protests. Uber is facing ferocious criticism in France, with taxi-drivers complaining that drivers for UberPOP don't have professional licenses and don't pay the same taxes as traditional car services. The conflict highlights tensions in France, a country with a long tradition of hard-fought labor rights, as it grapples with new technologies and economic models.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week's rioting, which resulted in 70 damaged cars, gained international attention in part due to tweets from Courtney Love, who found herself at the center of the mel&eacute;e, and sparked a lively <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion</a> on Archinect.</p><p>The conversation oriented around issues of technological disruption, bureaucratic regulation and workers' rights, with some, like <strong>jla-x,</strong>&nbsp;drawing comparisons to architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Donna Sink</strong>&nbsp;asked: "the co...</p> Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber Nicholas Korody 2015-06-25T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T20:36:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Parisian taxi drivers have taken to the streets, smashing cars and burning tires to protest UberPop, a budget iteration of the car-sharing service akin to UberX in the States. Traffic came to a stop&nbsp;in the French capital, with reports of stranded travelers walking along the highway with luggage in tow, attempting to catch flights out of Charles de Gaulle airport.&nbsp;So far, 70 vehicles have been reported damaged around France and ten people arrested, according to the AP report.&nbsp;</p><p>One passenger caught in Thursday's melee was the singer Courtney Love, who tweeted throughout the experience. Love was able to escape via two men passing by on a motorcycle.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Over the past few weeks, taxi drivers have turned increasingly violent in their opposition to the car-sharing service, which they contend unfairly undercuts their business. Unlike Uber drivers, taxi drivers have to pay tens of thousands of euros for certification each year. Drivers are also frustrated by passenger complaints over a lack of t...</p> Vancouver architect Michael Green proposes 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris Justine Testado 2015-06-05T12:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T23:57:50-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver architect Michael Green is proposing to alter the iconic Parisian skyline &mdash; by building the world's tallest wooden building...'Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront,' said Green in a press release.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about the project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More:</p><p><a title='France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings</a></p><p><a title="A New Use for the Eiffel Tower" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></p><p><a title="Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals</a></p><p><a title="Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian Wood Council pushes for more wood architecture excellence in the latest Wood Design Awards</a></p><p><a title="2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></p> France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings Nicholas Korody 2015-05-25T16:51:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:02:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that&nbsp;are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or&nbsp;cool it in the summer. They are capable&nbsp;of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff,&nbsp;and also&nbsp;offer&nbsp;birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Eileen Gray’s E1027 masterpiece reopens to the public today Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:50:48-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This modernist villa on the C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Azur, designed by Irish architect Eileen Gray, has witnessed wartime shootings, murder and vandalism by Le Corbusier. Now, at last, it has been brought back to life [...] Le Corbusier visited and, apparently outraged that a woman could have made such a significant work in a style he considered his own, assaulted it with a series of garish and ugly wall paintings, which he chose to execute completely naked.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Pompidou responds to "fascist" Le Corbusier claims Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T12:16:09-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="671" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Pompidou Centre in Paris has hit back at critics who say its Le Corbusier exhibition, which opened to the public&nbsp;yesterday, 29 April, glosses over recent accusations that the Swiss-born French architect was a militant fascist with links to the Vichy regime. A spokeswoman for the Pompidou says the exhibition does not refer to Le Corbusier&rsquo;s fascist past because &ldquo;it&rsquo;s about the proportions of the human body, which are present in his architecture and painting. [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary</a></p> Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary Alexander Walter 2015-04-20T14:55:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T19:27:06-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>France's best-known 20th century architect, Le Corbusier, was a "militant fascist" who was far more anti-Semitic and a fan of Hitler than previously thought, two new books reveal. [...] the latest, far more damning, revelations have shocked admirers and threaten to cast a shadow over commemorations of the 50th anniversary of his death. [...] "Hitler can crown his life with a great work: the planned layout of Europe."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> French parliament orders new buildings to switch to green rooftops Justine Testado 2015-03-25T17:29:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:41:07-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris wants to consume 25% less energy and emit 25% less emissions by 2020. Paris is also the site of this year&rsquo;s major United Nations conference on climate change. While France currently gets about 80% of its electricity from nuclear energy, and has lagged behind other European countries like Germany and Denmark in developing green technologies, it certainly seems to have some momentum headed into the important November conference.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's not literally every single building in France. The approved law only requires the rooftops of new buildings in commercial areas to be fully or partially covered with either solar panels or plants.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></li><li><a title="Stay comfortable during climate change in a rowhouse" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stay comfortable during climate change in a rowhouse</a></li><li><a title="FARM-X shares its modular vertical farming approach, pilot project nears completion" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FARM-X shares its modular vertical farming approach, pilot project nears completion</a></li><li><a title="Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality</a></li></ul> A New Use for the Eiffel Tower Nicholas Korody 2015-02-25T18:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:16:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While hard to imagine today, Paris&rsquo;s most iconic monument was largely reviled when it was first built for the 1889 World&rsquo;s Fair. On February 14, 1887, as construction was just beginning, a group of some of most notable Parisian artists, writers, architects and intellectuals &ndash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">including</a> Charles Garnier, &Eacute;mile Zola, Alexandre Dumas <em>fils</em>, and Guy de Maupassant &ndash; launched a petition against the Eiffel Tower. "We, the writers, painters, sculptors, architects and lovers of the beauty of Paris, do protest with all our vigour and all our indignation, in the name of French taste and endangered French art and history, against the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower,&rdquo; their statement <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">read</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Today, concerns over the use-value of the most-visited paid monument in the world seem comical. But throughout its history, the question of utility has been central to conversations about the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed the 906 ft. tall structure, defensively <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">touted</a> it&rsquo;s scientific ...</p> MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris Justine Testado 2015-02-25T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T16:50:08-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MVRDV officially got the green light from the City of Paris for their plans to restructure the Vandamme Nord at Ga&icirc;t&eacute;-Montparnasse in Paris' 14th arrondissement. Built in the early 1970s by French architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Dufau</a>, the mixed-use complex is located on a triangular island bordered by Rue Mouchotte, Avenue du Maine, and the rail tracks to Gare Montparnasse.</p><p>The Vandamme was once a landmark as one of the largest urban projects at the time, but -- with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dying malls</a> continuing to be the norm -- its glory days faded away as it failed to keep up with a changing urban society.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Aiming to renew a sense of place within the Montparnasse district and improve public accessibility, MVRDV plans to give the building a new fa&ccedil;ade as well as completely reorganize and open up the building's internal program. The complex will be broken up into a collection of "boxes" inserted in the existing structural frame that will vary in size, program, color, and materials, and will also be flexibly designed for...</p> Centre Pompidou to cover France with pop-ups Alexander Walter 2015-02-12T14:47:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:26:14-05:00 <img src="" width="644" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Towns and cities across France will soon be able to boost their culture offerings by hosting pop-up branches of the Centre Pompidou. The Paris museum is expanding its empire, and aims to establish domestic temporary outposts. &ldquo;We will soon launch an open call for candidates [to select a French city],&rdquo; says a spokesman for the Centre Pompidou. These pop-ups will remain open for four years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> VIDEO: Bjarke Ingels gives a peek of upcoming Europa City amusement hub Justine Testado 2015-01-13T20:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-15T06:44:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is Bjarke Ingels building an amusement park? The architect created a promotional film with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squint/Opera</a> that presents his proposed design for Europa City, a leisure and recreational destination that will be built north of Paris by the year 2020. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2017.</p><p>In the first film, Bjarke Ingels introduces the project, whose plan consists of radial streets connected by a central loop pathway and adjacent quarters with designated spaces for a water park, an international exhibition hall, sports, music venues, retail, restaurants, and hotels. In a way, Europa City resembles the snail-like layout of the Parisian arrondissements. The second film tours each of Europa City's quarters through the use of photorealistic 3D and 2D graphics and stills.</p><p>See the videos for yourself below.</p> The NYT takes a closer look at Coop Himmelb(l)au's new Confluence Museum in Lyon Alexander Walter 2014-12-22T13:24:00-05:00 >2014-12-23T11:04:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This fall, the French cultural season opened with the private Vuitton Foundation museum in Paris, a rarefied environment for a select collection of contemporary art, by Frank Gehry. At the other end of the cultural spectrum, France&rsquo;s second largest metropolitan area, Lyon &mdash; arguably Paris&rsquo;s historic rival, the Chicago to New York &mdash; just inaugurated the equally large and prepossessing Confluence Museum (the Mus&eacute;e des Confluences).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> HdM's Triangle skyscraper continues to divide Paris over its historic identity Alexander Walter 2014-12-22T12:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-29T09:41:51-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alexandre Gady, conservationist, historian of French architecture and professor of modern architecture at the Sorbonne, argues that changing or &ldquo;renewing&rdquo; Paris diverts from its real need to look outwards. Paris, he says, is a &ldquo;finished&rdquo; city that does not need improving or anything more doing to it. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not that we should be doing this or that &ndash; we should not be doing anything in central Paris ... any plan is a diversion from the need of the city to grow outwards,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected</a></p> Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:47:42-05:00 <img src="" width="624" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid politically charged scenes, Paris city council has narrowly rejected a plan to build the historic city's first skyscraper since a height restriction was imposed in the 1970s. But Mayor Anne Hidalgo said [...] she would fight the Triangle tower vote. [...] The architects, Herzog and de Meuron, proposed to build the 180m (590ft) tower in the south-west Porte de Versailles area of the city, after then-Mayor Bertrand Delanoe proposed an end to the 37m limit in parts of the capital.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Designers chosen for Louvre’s €60m storage outpost Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T15:04:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five architectural firms are on the shortlist to design the Louvre&rsquo;s new storage facility, planned to open near the museum&rsquo;s satellite in Lens, northern France. Corinne Vezzoni &amp; Assoc and Zig Zag architecture, both from France, Neutelings Riedijk Architecten from the Netherlands, Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners from the UK and Estudio Arquitectura Baeza from Spain were chosen from 173 applicants.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>