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Sarkozy reveals £31 billion Grand Paris budget

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The French president Nicolas Sarkozy has unveiled a £31 billion budget for the Grand Paris project, which was announced in March.

Ten international architects were invited to submit masterplan proposals to transform the French capital across a 10-year period. 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.

Teams included: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Jean Nouvel, MVRDV, Atelier Castro Denissof Casi, LIN, Studio 09, Atelier Portzamparc, The AUC, Atelier Lion and Atoine Grumbach & Associes.

When revealing the budget, Sarkozy said the scheme would not be postponed due to the current economic crisis.

In an exclusive interview, Mike Davies, project director with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – the only UK firm invited – told the AJ that the firm’s masterplan aims to eliminate the glaring segregation that exists in Paris. ‘There is an extraordinary lack of connectivity between the heart of Paris and the suburbs,’ said Davies. ‘The administrative areas are completely separate.’

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