One of the most interesting new neighborhoods in Greater Paris is a river eco-neighborhood located on a small island on the Seine, in l’Île Saint-Denis, just north of Paris. The former Mayor of this small insular municipality, Michel Bourgain, had a vision to develop an environmentally ambitious new neighborhood in an area formerly occupied by warehouses. Brigitte Philippon, a partner at design firm Philippon-Kalt, was involved from the outset. As the neighborhood takes form, I spoke with her about her experience on this remarkable project and the challenges of bringing an environmentally ambitious new neighborhood to life in the real world.
The race to achieve zero emissions by 2050 is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. We have finally started to realize this and have begun enacting laws, putting in place financing mechanisms, and developing technological and practical solutions.
Urban policy is without question highly mobilized toward the Net Zero objective. But for urban planning and design the question is more difficult to grasp. In this article we address the question of how Net Zero affects the physical configuration of the city. Or asked another way, what does a Net Zero city look like?
The writings of Paolo Soleri were the first significant corpus of architectural thought to which I was exposed. For that reason I have perhaps had a tendency to discount its value. Decades after I first read his key works, I return to them in a world in which we widely accept that we are hurtling toward the likely catastrophic effects of many decades of disregard for balance in how we occupy the planet. I find Soleri’s thought as impactful as I did then and more prophetic than I imagined.
Jean-Louis Missika et Pierre Musseau publient un livre sur les véhicules autonomes destiné au grand public. Ce livre doit contribuer à faire émerger un débat de société indispensable sur la transformation de fond que nos villes vont vivre dans la décennie à venir.
J’assure depuis cinq ans un cours sur la ville contemporaine en deuxième année du Collège Universitaire de Sciences Po. Si mon rôle est d’enseigner, cette expérience m’a néanmoins beaucoup appris, en particulier sur la vision des jeunes générations sur les villes et sur l’avenir urbain.
Paris est au bord d’une révolution. Comme cela s’est déjà produit plusieurs fois dans l’histoire, une disruption de la mobilité va entrainer un changement fondamental dans nos modes de vie et nos espaces publics. Si nous anticipons les décisions et faisons les bons choix nous pouvons espérer une amélioration radicale de notre qualité de vie. Mais cette issue heureuse est loin d’être assurée. Il est urgent que nous projetions notre vision de Paris dans le monde de la mobilité future désormais à notre porte.
Every city is confronted with the challenge of producing urban projects that contribute to a high quality, dynamic and sustainable urban future.
The City of Paris has taken the lead on an innovative approach to meeting that challenge. With this approach, the city hopes to usher in a new wave of innovation and to generate audacious urban projects commensurate with the ambition of a city known for its world leadership in the quality of its urban environment.
Charles Percier, often known through his work as part of the duo Percier and Fontaine, is an architect of immense importance to French architectural history and to the Napoleonic period in particular. An exhibition at the Château de Fontainebleau affords a look at his work.
15 years after the landmark Paris-Haussmann exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the institution revisits the subject in a radically different way to reveal fresh insights. A more than worthwhile visit, on view until June 4th.