Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) vision for Paris in 2030 has taken a step nearer realisation with news that a pivotal transport scheme has been approved
The UK architect was part of a 10-strong team that drew up ambitious city-wide plans for the then Sarkozy government in 2009 known as the Grand Paris vision.
Now the new French government has announced the approval of the Paris Metropolitan Transportation Plan (PMTP) which includes several new Grand Paris Express Stations, or ‘polycentres’ as well as other major road and rail links.
RSHP senior partner Mike Davies said the green light for the PMTP was the first stage ‘in the provision of major new housing stock in the French capital.’
With just two million of the nine million Parisians living in the city’s centre, RSHP proposed dramatic measures including building over the railway lines that split up large tracts of the city (see AJ 19.03.2009).