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Text by Marc DAOU

Latest update : 2009-05-04

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to inaugurate today an exhibit of the 10 main architectural projects destined to develop Paris's suburbs and connect them with the city centre. He will also pledge 35 billion euros for transportation networks.

The luminaries of the architecture world, including Jean Nouvel and Christian de Portzamparc, as well as city planners from all over the world, have devoted their energy for nearly nine months to designing the new Paris and the new greater Paris area. The scope of their work gives a hint of what the “Grand Paris” project will become over the next few decades.

After unveiling the fruits of their labour to the Economic and Social Council last month, the ten architectural firms – six in France and four from other nations – presented their plans to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The head of state began overseeing the project on June 4, 2008, hoping to quickly implement a “strong, original, and realistic” project to develop Paris.

Sustainable development, transportation, and facilitating transport between Paris and its suburbs are the three themes tying all projects together – whether they be poetic, utopic, or ecological.

To solicit public input, a public debate was held on March 17 at the Chaillot theatre. A new exhibit of scale models, on show  at the Cité de l’architecture from April 29 to November 22, 2009, will further unveil the projects to Parisians and visitors alike.



Date created : 2009-04-29