Paris Gives Itself a Futuristic Transplant

TAKE a walk along the Seine in southeast Paris, about a mile east of Notre Dame Cathedral, and you’ll see a dense collection of boxy glass-and-steel office buildings, futuristic apartments, cleverly converted industrial structures, concrete mixers, forklifts and cranes.

It’s what some consider a linchpin of Paris’s future: a huge development area on former industrial land and railway yards that could give a much-needed jolt to the city’s aging urban core.

Several prominent architects from France and other countries have had a hand in the project, whose building styles range from buttoned-up corporate to cutting-edge contemporary. Supporters laud the development, known as Paris Rive Gauche, as a futuristic alternative that could help revive the city’s economy and its struggling universities while creating much-needed housing.

Source:  New York Times

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