Archinect - News 2016-09-30T09:40:03-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149970914/pollution-plagued-paris-to-ban-cars-from-the-side-of-the-seine Pollution-plagued Paris to ban cars from the side of the Seine Nicholas Korody 2016-09-27T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T14:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sf9p6wdnmw8j2djj.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an effort to curb air pollution, the city council of Paris has approved a controversial plan to pedestrianize the 3.3 km road that runs along the Right Bank of the Seine River. Stretching from the Tuileries Gardens to the Henri-IV tunnel near the Bastille, the road is currently used by some 43,000 cars a day. The plan would replace the roadway with wooden walkways and landscaping, and cost an estimated &euro;8 million.</p><p>The plan is supported by the Socialist government and faces opposition from the country&rsquo;s conservative faction, who argue that it will increase traffic in a city already jam-packed with cars. Nearly 55 percent of Parisians support the plan, according to <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/paris-bans-cars-river-seine-plan-approved-to-cut-pollution-emissions-a7331441.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>the Independent</em></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Air pollution in Paris can rival cities like Beijing, and is responsible for over 2,000 deaths per year.</p><p>For more urban initiatives intended to combat air pollution, follow these links:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946000/barcelona-s-bold-new-plan-to-get-cars-off-the-road" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona's bold new plan to get cars off the road</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-neede...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149949020/louvre-relocates-artwork-as-the-seine-floods Louvre relocates artwork as the Seine floods Nicholas Korody 2016-06-02T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:35:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3k/3kze7v922c9airjo.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As heavy rainfall floods Paris, the Louvre isn&rsquo;t taking chances with its priceless art collection and will close on Friday to prevent water damage. The museum will move pieces from its underground stores to higher floors to keep them safe, according to a Thursday statement. The Louvre is right next to the Seine river, which has risen 16 ft. above its normal levels due to rain over the past few weeks, AFP reports.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Abnormally heavy rains have caused flooding in northeastern France as well as parts of Germany this week. In Paris, the Seine has risen 16 feet &ndash; the highest since 1960 but still short of the standing record of 26 feet from 1910.</p><p>The rains and flooding have resulted in nine deaths in Germany, disrupted the French Open, and provoked two of Paris' major, riparian museums &ndash; the Louvre and the Mus&eacute;e d'Orsay &ndash; to plan for the worst.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146827337/this-greenhouse-can-grow-legs-to-escape-flooding" target="_blank">This greenhouse can grow legs to escape flooding</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like" target="_blank">"King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137735976/climate-change-is-increasing-the-risk-of-severe-flooding-in-new-york" target="_blank">Climate change is increasing the risk of severe flooding in New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110855253/tidal-flooding-expected-to-wreak-havoc-on-american-cities" target="_blank">Tidal Flooding Expected to Wreak Havoc on American Cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945240/artist-daniel-buren-spruces-up-gehry-s-fondation-louis-vuitton-with-colorful-intervention 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k1/k12hcbkkjb2vzeh8.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9rlc36t1oakkztpr.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jd/jd5f97e76c1dxa1c.jpg"><br><br>Read more about Buren's intervention <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4880/a-closer-look-at-daniel-buren-s-colorful-intervention-at-the-fondation-louis-vuitton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943892/the-first-us-exhibition-on-pierre-chareau-coming-to-the-jewish-museum 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oa/oa8aq203tsx38bht.jpg" width="514" height="345" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/63443/chareau-chareau-oh-chareau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chareau Chareau, Oh Chareau</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/39746/maison-de-verre-s-nouveau-propri-taire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maison de Verre's nouveau proprietaire</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940802/the-reluctant-architect-15-minutes-with-liz-diller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Reluctant Architect: 15 Minutes with Liz Diller</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149936428/african-modernism-architecture-of-independence-showcases-a-history-of-no-easy-answers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938702/hugely-overwrought-oliver-wainwright-on-the-newly-reopened-les-halles "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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yj/yjnvfb9mpso4nvds.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/11674/a-new-vision-for-paris-les-halles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A new vision for Paris' Les Halles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/11432/les-halles-days-to-go" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Les Halles, Days to Go...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/8905/eyeing-the-belly-of-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eyeing the 'Belly of Paris'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/6869/rebuilding-les-halles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuilding Les Halles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Bruno Zhu in a Symphony of Objects</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration Le Corbusier's Cité de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration Nicholas Korody 2016-04-05T20:21:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:21:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q6/q6uycetumd3w5cgw.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public tours of a newly-restored Salvation Army shelter in Paris designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret start in April. The tour guides for the 11-storey building, known as the Cit&eacute; de Refuge, will be the residents of the building themselves who have been trained by the Fondation Le Corbusier. The Cit&eacute; de Refuge, which opened in 1933..., is historically significant as Le Corbusier&rsquo;s first urban housing project and one of only two completed buildings in Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does Le Corbusier have you crowing? Check out these related links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937067/j-rn-utzon-s-final-touch-to-the-sydney-opera-house-a-le-corbusier-tapestry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's final touch to the Sydney Opera House: a Le Corbusier tapestry</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139805281/renault-issues-coup-corbusier-a-concept-car-to-explore-a-new-way-forward-inspired-by-le-corbusier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renault issues Coup&eacute; Corbusier: a concept car to explore "a new way forward", inspired by Le Corbusier</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131799131/le-corbusier-was-a-combination-of-blind-and-na-ve-about-all-politics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Le Corbusier was a combination of blind and na&iuml;ve about all politics&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129719489/works-by-le-corbu-and-louis-kahn-in-ahmedabad-left-off-historic-conservation-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147884890/a-parisian-architect-s-plan-to-solve-housing-shortages-by-adding-pre-fab-houses-to-existing-structures A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T12:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T17:57:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cro6vjcneu8iah1f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Parisian designer St&eacute;phane Malka Architecture has suggested creating affordable housing in the French capital by adding prefabricated elements on top of and between existing buildings. The &ldquo;3box&rdquo; system does not require the purchase of sites. Instead, the right to build is obtained in exchange for renovating existing buildings. According to St&eacute;phane Malka, the housing would cost 40% less than the usual market price and could be built quickly and cheaply in workshops.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39fw977p651kojd2.jpg"></p><p><em>"The units would work with a new Parisian law, the Loi ALUR, which states that 70,000 new dwellings should be built each year, and that rents should be stabilised."</em></p><p>Interested in other novel housing solutions? Check out some related Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146054413/to-each-their-own-home-a-peek-into-the-home-less-exhibition-at-usc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To each their own home: A peek into the &ldquo;HOME(less)&rdquo; exhibition at USC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135460042/finding-shelter-in-los-angeles-housing-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147654209/s-o-paulo-s-big-bet-on-housing-policy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S&atilde;o Paulo's big bet on housing policy</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sg/sgwm9uvynb0dm4s8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/djul25g2cepsj4xp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4o26uwx69qmkjn9.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147813356/big-in-paris-bjarke-ingels-to-design-for-galeries-lafayette-on-champs-lys-es BIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-Élysées Julia Ingalls 2016-02-10T14:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:24:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nb/nbyz9f96y7w9a8je.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When asked why the company chose not to commission Rem Koolhaas' OMA, who are already involved with designing the department store&rsquo;s art foundation, Costa says that the decision to select BIG was based on the firm&rsquo;s disruptive thinking and that OMA was already working with German department store KaDeWe in Berlin. &ldquo;We were confident to work with new architects,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tune in to tomorrow's <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a> to listen to a fuller discussion of what this disruptive design choice means for <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130867323/paris-approves-its-first-skyscraper-of-the-21st-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, and for flagship stores everywhere. In the meantime, here's a window display from Galeries Lafayette, circa 2007:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9a/9a47fupzd3e3lqgh.jpg"></p><p><strong>And here's a quick refresher on what Bjarke's been up to:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147663869/big-s-concept-for-a-spiraling-landscape-tower-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117886957/bjarke-ingels-offers-his-architectural-advice-to-young-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels offers his architectural advice to young architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566360/architects-are-not-the-creators-of-the-city-but-the-midwives-says-bjarke-ingels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"[Architects] are not the creators of the city, but the midwives" says Bjarke Ingels</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146816071/olafur-eliasson-to-storm-versailles Olafur Eliasson to storm Versailles Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T15:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T13:39:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c9tsyemw0bzpb49s.jpg" width="514" height="516" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/146040687/olafur-eliasson-wins-a-crystal-award-for-improving-the-state-of-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson wins a Crystal Award for "improving the state of the world"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135028638/olafur-eliasson-opens-ship-themed-pedestrian-bridge-in-copenhagen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson opens ship-themed pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128710925/olafur-eliasson-wants-you-to-design-utopia-out-of-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson turns Louisiana MoMA into a 'Riverbed'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140091375/temporary-wooden-ferris-wheel-hotel-proposed-for-the-seine-river 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fmwhfj6l8tllva59.jpg" width="514" height="321" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/131964531/movie-themed-resort-in-macau-to-show-off-figure-8-ferris-wheel" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/125438798/tallest-observation-wheel-in-the-western-hemisphere-expected-to-break-ground-in-staten-island-soon" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/81001951/unstudio-designs-giant-observation-wheel-nippon-moon-for-japan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio Designs Giant Observation Wheel &lsquo;Nippon Moon&rsquo; for Japan</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110262611/architectural-history-in-tiny-tokyo-capsules" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/125294062/jason-f-mclennan-selected-to-design-leonardo-dicaprio-s-restorative-eco-resort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason F. McLennan selected to design Leonardo DiCaprio's restorative eco-resort</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138575821/amo-designs-a-timeless-ruin-for-miu-miu-s-2016-s-s-show AMO designs a "Timeless Ruin" for Miu Miu's 2016 S/S show Nicholas Korody 2015-10-09T15:19:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:05:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6m/6m6zji28fuopbnwi.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>AMO &ndash; the think tank counterpart to OMA &ndash; extensively works with fashion labels. They've designed stores and runways for brands like Prada and Miu Miu for years, crafting (often) conceptually-charged, and (always) visually-punchy environments to consume the latest and greatest sartorial inventions.</p><p>For the 2016 Spring/Summer Miu Miu show in Paris, AMO designed a large geometric volume &nbsp;clad in reflective industrial materials that served both as backdrop and pathway for the models, who walked around it on Wednesday.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u0/u0bnirwgzb0ext91.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwbe0pik5m348vpa.jpg"><br><br>Jammed into the hypostyle of August Perret's monumental Palais d'Iena, the structure &ndash; or folly &ndash; is intended to play off the architecture, both obscuring and offering glimpses of the building's famous tapered columns.<br><br>"Timeless Ruin" &ndash; as its called in the press announcement &ndash; is intended to introduce "a dramatic counterpart to the rigorous linearity of the Palais." It's a pleasant-enough name and probably intended to reflect AMO's thinking about Perret's architecture, but ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137960977/paris-pulls-off-an-almost-car-free-day Paris pulls off an (almost) car-free day Julia Ingalls 2015-10-01T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T15:39:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/nexcas0f1axcm6ox.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris&rsquo;s car-free day was not without controversy, not least because it wasn&rsquo;t a totally carless day and was limited to only around one-third of the city. After a standoff with police, authorities were only able to make car-free certain parts of the city centre, stretching between Bastille and the Champs Elys&eacute;es, and the outer Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes, and only between 11am and 6pm. In the rest of the city, cars were allowed but at 20km an hour.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paris, which had a mostly car-free day on Sunday, September 27th, experienced smog-free blue skies and a largely smiling populace, but it's not the first major metropolis to sort of go pedestrian. During a July weekend in 2011, famously car-centric Los Angeles shut down one of its main transit arteries, the 405 freeway, for infrastructural modification in what was nicknamed "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13066137/405-freeway-closure-exposes-the-limits-of-los-angeles-mobility" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carmaggedon</a>." The stay-off-the-roads frenzy leading up to the closure was so successful that most people took a staycation in their homes, leading city officials to play down the threat the next time the 405 needed to be shut down. (People still needed to spend money to stimulate the local economy, after all.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e5/e52rxbadmeujwdph.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136265786/can-a-massive-makeover-turn-montparnasse-into-the-times-square-of-paris 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gr/grqhvgfkcgu99trj.jpg" width="514" height="273" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/128868345/top-architects-defend-some-of-the-most-hated-buildings-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top architects defend some of the most hated buildings in the world</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130867323/paris-approves-its-first-skyscraper-of-the-21st-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris approves its first skyscraper of the 21st century</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121532238/mvrdv-approved-to-redesign-the-70s-vandamme-nord-block-in-montparnasse-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135130016/airbnb-to-collect-taxes-in-paris Airbnb to collect taxes in Paris Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T20:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T20:30:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ouph6cds0t29lh5l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After imposing taxes on units in Amsterdam, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and elsewhere, &ldquo;home-sharing&rdquo; facilitator Airbnb will now begin collecting taxes in Paris, the company&rsquo;s biggest market. Collection officially begins October 1st and some see the move as Airbnb&rsquo;s attempt at playing nice with city regulators. Venture Beat connects the change to Uber&rsquo;s troubles in Paris, where the ride service company fought new regulation policies.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/131434851/parisian-exports-and-silicon-valley-imports-on-episode-37-of-archinect-sessions Parisian Exports and Silicon Valley Imports on Episode #37 of Archinect Sessions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-09T19:17:00-04:00 >2015-07-22T17:09:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o8/o8n9kirdey55x0as.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Our episode this week revolves around Paris &ndash; city of lights, riots, artists and cheese-shaped skyscrapers (or at least, those are the bits were talking about). As part of a nationwide strike against UberPop, the cheapest Uber-affiliate in France, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">taxi drivers in Paris launched a riotous protest</a>&nbsp;on June 25, terrorizing Uber drivers and generally disrupting Parisians in transit (and Courtney Love).</p><p>Contention (albeit the nonviolent kind) also arose in response to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130867323/paris-approves-its-first-skyscraper-of-the-21st-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron's new Tour Triangle skyscraper</a>, which Paris officials approved on June 30. It will be the city's first skyscraper since the much-maligned Tour Montparnasse was built in 1973, precipitating a height limit on new buildings (that has since been relaxed). Critics are unhappy about the Triangle's intrusion onto the Parisian skyline, and its inhospitable-looking atmosphere on the street level.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6p3vnwmy11tkfbyw.jpg"></p><p>Paul also shares his conversation with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki winners Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki</a>, following up on our...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130868933/jean-nouvel-in-nymag-profile-i-create-a-film-in-my-head Jean Nouvel in NYMag profile: "I create a film in my head." Alexander Walter 2015-07-01T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:24:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/ucn0njmy29pm8218.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lunch is an important ritual in his workday, a discussion lubricated by copious amounts of wine. Often, it&rsquo;s the first time his staff gets to see him, since he spends mornings in solitude. &ldquo;I wake up, perform my little ablutions, then get back into bed with my eye mask on and my earplugs in, and I work. I imagine. I visualize. I create a film in my head.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Grand Monsieur of French architecture talks openly to <em>New York</em> magazine's Justin Davidson about current projects &mdash;&nbsp;like the Louvre Abu Dhabi,&nbsp;National Museum of Qatar,&nbsp;National Art Museum of China, and the 53 West 53rd Street "MoMA Tower" in New York &mdash;&nbsp;as well as the immense frustration with his/not his Philharmonie de Paris&nbsp;(<em>&ldquo;he still despairs at all the corners cut, the mediocre workmanship, the design details that have been quashed, making the fa&ccedil;ade seem jittery and indistinct&rdquo;</em>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130867323/paris-approves-its-first-skyscraper-of-the-21st-century Paris approves its first skyscraper of the 21st century Julia Ingalls 2015-07-01T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T20:54:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y98bw1jp2kq9a7n3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Paris] has not built a modern skyscraper since the 1970s, when the 231-metre tall Tour Montparnasse sprung up &ndash; much to the horror of the locals, many of whom still consider it an eyesore.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a narrow vote, the city of lights approved <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/577/herzog-de-meuron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>'s Tour Triangle, a 42-story skyscraper that will be the tallest building to be built in Paris since the 1970s. In 2010, the city voted to remove its multi-decade-long height restrictions of 36 meters on new buildings, which were put in place after the erection of the widely&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128868345/top-architects-defend-some-of-the-most-hated-buildings-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpopular Tour Montparnasse</a>. With a proposed height of&nbsp;180 meters, Tour Triangle is Paris' first official skyscraper&nbsp;of&nbsp;the 21st century, although it required two voting sessions to win approval. In November of 2014, the city council voted down the plan, but&nbsp;mayor Anne Hidalgo&nbsp;called for another vote, dismissing the first round due to what she believed was political inter-party fighting.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2faulhhneekpptym.jpg"></p><p>The Tour Triangle will supply 70,000 square feet of office space, a four star hotel with 120 rooms, and what has been described as a "Shard-esque Sky Bar." These amenities do not seem wildly out of place for a metropolitan area with a population of 12 million, despi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130816780/plans-revealed-for-the-future-european-center-of-judaism-in-paris Plans revealed for the future European Center of Judaism in Paris Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T20:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:41:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e2e8c97932283ca4137ec2e8a5173869.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction has begun on the future Centre Europ&eacute;en du Juda&iuml;sme (European Centre of Judaism) in the 17th arrondissement of Paris [...]. The planned cost of the project is &euro;10m, with &euro;2.7m in state and regional public funding, and it is due to be completed in spring 2017. Covering 4,900 sq. m over eight floors, the Jewish centre will include a synagogue, library, theatre and classrooms. The new building has been designed by the local architects Bruno Fl&eacute;chet and St&eacute;phane Maupin [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france Two Uber executives detained in France Nicholas Korody 2015-06-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:05:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7yrtfe6hyjo8vht.jpg" width="514" height="276" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ampoc8f1e30tvzdr.jpg" width="514" height="289" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wd15isdkezwehwpr.jpg"></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/130277836/who-are-helsinki-guggenheim-winners-nicolas-moreau-and-hiroko-kusunoki Who are Helsinki Guggenheim winners Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T09:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-12T03:32:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2cwqenb1adfa4zx5.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before yesterday's announcement that <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/82586027/moreau-kusunoki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a> had won the highly contentious and big-budget Guggenheim Helsinki competition, the firm wasn't much used to the spotlight. Querying Google Trends for "Moreau Kusunoki" preceding the Guggenheim news, the firm barely blips twice since the husband-wife duo, Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki, began their practice in 2011. Before now, the highest instance of search traffic was in December of 2014, when the six finalists for the competition <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115035092/the-six-guggenheim-helsinki-finalists-are-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">were announced</a>. Their website's "info" section currently includes only contact information.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6p3vnwmy11tkfbyw.jpg"></p><p>After having won such a high-profile competition, the firm had to make some kind of statement of its architectural perspective, and revealed&nbsp;that their media silence was highly intentional, as "architecture is best conceived in reserve and introspection, which are favorable to the emergence of poetic visions." Or at least so states their firm bio, released as part of the press packet for the Guggen...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129790216/prada-vs-louis-vuitton-the-new-fashion-foundations-compared Prada vs Louis Vuitton: The new fashion foundations compared Alexander Walter 2015-06-17T14:14:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:23:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1fb56521e5762ecd53b207346160462.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Money is not an issue here&rdquo; is the motto that leaps out at you in both the Prada and Vuitton Foundation museums, although in Paris it is thrown into high relief on the building&rsquo;s facade by the almost vulgar silver logo of Louis Vuitton&mdash;the star company in the LVMH group.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/128813766/vancouver-architect-michael-green-proposes-35-story-wooden-skyscraper-for-paris 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9v5irxq3cjqgzvlo.jpg" width="514" height="289" 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="http://mg-architecture.ca/news/a-proposal-to-transform-the-parisian-skyline-and-define-a-new-era-of-carbon-neutral-building-in-france/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More:</p><p><a title='France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128025752/france-mandates-green-roofs-for-all-new-buildings" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/121146922/canadian-wood-council-pushes-for-more-wood-architecture-excellence-in-the-latest-wood-design-awards" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126481671/pompidou-responds-to-fascist-le-corbusier-claims 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8eivjh97yxwrhagr.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745578/le-corbusier-militant-fascist-claims-overshadow-50th-death-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125745578/le-corbusier-militant-fascist-claims-overshadow-50th-death-anniversary 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jg/jg6twcvkim1lckah.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125524081/jean-nouvel-loses-court-case-over-sabotaged-philharmonie-de-paris Jean Nouvel loses court case over 'sabotaged' Philharmonie de Paris Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m8/m8f54wc15n3qbq3j.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jean Nouvel, the famed French architect, on Thursday lost a court battle against a &pound;280 million Paris concert hall he designed but whose architecture he claimed had been "martyred" and "sabotaged". Mr Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, an ultra-modern building in the French capital's eastern Parc de La Vilette, accusing project managers of cutting corners to save money during its completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122138612/jean-nouvel-files-for-court-order-against-philharmonie-de-paris-dispute" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel files for court order against Philharmonie de Paris dispute</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/124201651/google-doodle-honors-eiffel-tower-s-126th-opening-anniversary Google doodle honors Eiffel Tower's 126th opening anniversary Alexander Walter 2015-03-31T13:55:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T14:03:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8x/8x4rx64d4nhoop8q.jpg" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eiffel Tower, one of Paris's most visited attractions, welcoming almost seven million visitors per year, was completed 126 years ago today - and there's a Google Doodle to mark the anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Contrary to the <em>Telegraph</em> quote above, the Eiffel Tower was actually completed on March 15. Today's anniversary honors the <em>public opening</em> on March 31, 1889.</p><p>Joyeux anniversaire, old friend!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9y0li5ri0wu1r6l2.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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="http://articles.latimes.com/1987-04-23/news/mn-722_1_eiffel-tower" 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="http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Monuments-Paris/Eiffel.shtml#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">read</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z0qjo9dz0ox21pps.jpg"></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="http://paris-eiffel-tower-news.com/eiffel-tower-stories/eiffel-tower-controversy.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">touted</a> it&rsquo;s scientific ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121532238/mvrdv-approved-to-redesign-the-70s-vandamme-nord-block-in-montparnasse-paris 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/ayxv10c0s34slo51.jpg" width="514" height="312" 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="http://www.pierre-dufau.com/realisations.cfm" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xsxtpkc1im0adsl.jpg"></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/120587173/centre-pompidou-to-cover-france-with-pop-ups 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/9273ca8276e81d30e3b510b3e93fa75f.jpg" width="514" height="289" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>