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MVRDV proposes scheme for 'Grand Paris'

The Dutch practice MVRDV is the latest firm to reveal its vision for the ‘Grand Paris’ project, commissioned by French president Nicolas Sarkozy

Practice founder Winy Maas presented the firm’s proposal to the Economic and Social Council of France on 12 March, along with nine other firms. According to the company, the proposal stands for ‘more ambition, more density, more efficiency, more ecology and more compactness.’

It followed a presentation by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, which worked with the London School of Economics (LSE), Arup and a number of French sociologists on the proposal, which hopes to unite Paris’s disparate communities.

Nicolas Sarkozy commissioned 10 teams of architects and urban planners to imagine an exemplary ‘Grand Paris’ in June 2008. The challenge for the teams was to envisige the European metropolis in 2030 as a ‘post-Kyoto’ green urban centre that allowed for growth beyond the current 2 million Parisians – and provided them with attractive urban environments.

The 10 plans will be presented in an exhibition at Cite de l’Architecture, which will be open to the public from the 29 April until 22 November.

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