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Le Grand Pari de l’agglomération parisienne

Greater Paris Vision by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, France

18 Mar 2009

Le Grand Pari Exhibition

Paris Vision 2030

Le Grand Pari de l’agglomération parisienne

Dates: 30 Apr 2009 – 22 Nov 2009

Venue: La Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine – palais de Chaillot
1 place du Trocadéro – 75116 Paris

Contact: +33 (0)1 58 51 52 00

Information from La Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine:

On 17 September 2007, French President Nicolas Sarkozy marked the inauguration of La Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine by stating his wish for international consultation on a «new comprehensive development project for Greater Paris» which would bring together the professional expertise of ten architecture and urban planning agencies.

The consultation process was launched at the beginning of 2008 and is being overseen by a steering committee made up of representatives of the State, the City of Paris, the Île-de-France Regional Authority and the Île-de-France Mayoral Association, with the support of a scientific committee of 23 qualified figures led by architect Paul Chemetov and geographer Michel Lussault. President Sarkozy appointed the minister of Culture and Communication to coordinate the consultation process.

Since June 2008, each team has been working to complete the two components of the consultation: “the 21st century post-Kyoto metropolis” and “the present and future analysis of the Paris agglomeration”.
From 29 April to 22 November 2009, the “Le Grand Pari de l’agglomeration parisienne” exhibition will present the results of the consultation.

The proposals of the ten multidisciplinary teams – selected as part of the consultation and working in partnership with architects and urban planners – will be presented at Musée de la Cité :

– Sir Richard Rogers, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners/London School
of Economics /Arup team
– Yves Lion, Groupe Descartes team
– Djamel Klouche, AUC team
– Christian de Portzamparc, Atelier Christian de Portzamparc team
– Antoine Grumbach, Agence Grumbach and associates team
– Jean Nouvel, representative of the Ateliers Jean Nouvel/
Michel Cantal-Dupart /Jean-Marie Duthilleul team
– Bernardo Secchi and Poal Vigano, Studio 09 team
– Finn Geipel, LIN team
– Roland Castro, Ateliers Castro/Denissof/Casi team
– Winy Maas, MVRDV team

An exhibition presenting ten scenarios for the Paris metropolis
For the first time, Musée de la Cité welcomes the ten visions of the future of greater Paris to its collection of casts of French monuments. The exhibition design by 2004 NAJA (Nouveaux albums de la Jeune architecture) award winner Jean-Christophe Quinton presents ten contemporary installations in a historical itinerary, giving each team the freedom to make the most of their space to present their proposal. This approach gives rise to ten different ways of presenting ten research and deve¬lopment strategies.

An exhibition introduced by a major public debate:
“Le Grand Pari(s): à la recherche de nouveaux équilibres”
All the teams consulted gathered at La Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine on 17 March 2009, along with external figures, for a day-long public debate in the great hall of Théâtre national de Chaillot. The teams were invited to compare their proposals in areas like the environment, economics, social balances and mobility. Actors from other major “metropolitan projects” (Greater London, Greater Madrid, Greater Berlin, etc.) were invited to share their experiences.

Below we outline two Le Grand Pari de l’agglomération parisienne proposals, by MVRDV and by LIN:

Vision for Greater Paris 2030 by MVRDV

(Paris/Rotterdam, 12 March 2009): Today Winy Maas presented MVRDV’s vision for Greater Paris 2030 to the Economic and Social Council of France. The project “Paris Plus petit” by MVRDV in collaboration with ACS and AAF is one of ten proposals by international architecture and urbanism teams to envision the future of the French capital and its vast agglomeration. The urban challenge has been commissioned by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France.

Le Grand Pari Exhibition - Greater Paris Vision 2030

“Paris Plus” stands for more: more ambition, more optimism, more density, more efficiency, more ecology and more compactness. Greater Paris needs a strong combination of responsibility and ambition to continue its development, to ensure its consistency and to develop a cohesion that can build a base for a collective enterprise to solve its problems, to enlarge its presence and attractiveness, to create an even more remarkable, exemplary city.

MVRDV with ACS and AAF’s response for President Sarkozy’s 2009 urban planning consultation for the great challenge of the Greater Paris area is represented in four parts: the ‘Synthesis’, the ‘City Calculator©’, the ‘Data’ and the ‘Observation’.

Greater Paris Vision by LIN

Berlin based office LIN presents its vision for Greater Paris in 2030
18 Mar 2009

In the first public presentation of one of the biggest challenges in French urban development of the last 50 years and after a meeting with French president Nicolas Sarkozy last week, Finn Geipel is presenting today LIN’s vision for the Metropolis of the future at Palais de Chaillot in Paris. LIN’s proposal is one of ten projects of international architecture and urbanism teams commissioned by Nicolas Sarkozy in June 2008 to overcome the big challenge of turning Paris into a sustainable world city reacting to the demands of the Kyoto protocol.

Grand Paris Métropole Douce Vision
image © Fabio Casiroli, Systematica + LIN

LIN proposes to transform the model of the “European City” into a prototype for future urban development. Paris, shining capital of France that is encircled by neglect, shall become the ambassador of metropolitan change. Grand Paris, as imagined by LIN, is no longer in stagnation and stressed by traffic, pollution or mediocrity. It represents an environment full of chances and discoveries, well prepared to face future challenges instead: Grand Paris Metropole Douce.

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