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Paris launches 'unprecented' city-wide urban regeneration contest

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The Mayor of Paris has launched an international competition seeking ‘innovative urban projects’ for a range of sites across the French capital

Anne Hidalgo – who was elected in May – has called on architects and developers to draw up visions for 23 city-owned sites to help Paris ‘reinvent itself’.

Announcing the competition she said: ‘We are launching this call for innovative urban projects in order to prefigure what the Paris of tomorrow might be. Each team is invited to present its ideas on how to bring added vitality to exceptional Parisian sites.’

She continued: ‘The winners will then be able to purchase or rent the terrains in order to carry out their projects while simultaneously conducting an urban experiment on an unparalleled scale.’

Up to 600 new homes are expected to be built on the plots which represent 15 hectares in total.

Sites include the abandoned Gare Masséna train station which was built in 1863 and is near to Paris’ new national library.

The 40,000 m2 Immeuble Morland office block overlooking the Seine is also up for redevelopment alongside a number of historic houses and an electrical substation.

Ambitious proposals are furthermore sought for a new building spanning the Boulevard Périphérique ring road in Porte Maillot.

Jean-Louis Missika, deputy mayor for planning and architecture said: ‘Innovation means investing in new spaces: basements, roofs, wasteland, the Périphérque and all the abandoned spaces that sometimes represent the future of our metropolis.’

He continued: ‘[Furthermore] the whole project design can be a source of innovation. From the make-up of the team to consulting with local residents, from site management to financing. It’s up to you to reinvent our ways of building today.’

Teams must include an architect and the financial viability of a project will be the critical factor in selecting a winner.

Initial designs must be submitted early next year and a shortlist will be chosen in the summer. The winning bids will be announced by December 2015.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 January.





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