A concept design exhibit presented by a series of urban planning firms shows us a green-covered Paris in some 20 years.
In the suburb, jungle-like tall buildings are no longer boring grey. Instead, they would be partly solar and wind energy powered, with gardens on the rooftops and plants around the windows, according to Paris-based design house Castro Denissof Casi.
In the town, people would enjoy more space for walking and bicycling since the car lanes would be narrowed, proposed by London-based Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners.
And architect Antoine Grumbach would like to extend Paris to the English Channel in the future, simply by a high-speed railway from the heart of the city to the Channel’s edge at Le Havre.
Opening on April 30,2009 at the City of Architecture and Heritage museum in Paris, the exhibit, La Grand Paris, is encouraged by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who aims to restructure Paris and its suburb to be both eco-friendly and sustainable.
Blueprints of the Future Reveal a Literally Green French Capital City
1. Green Architecture - Opportunity for architects and urban planners to incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly designs in urban areas.
2. Active Transportation - Opportunity for transportation companies and infrastructure developers to create pedestrian and cyclist-friendly cities by reducing car lanes.
3. Urban Expansion - Opportunity for architects and engineers to collaborate on innovative methods of urban expansion, such as high-speed railways connecting major cities.
1. Architecture - Architects can explore new design strategies and technologies to create sustainable and green urban environments.
2. Transportation - Transportation companies can invest in infrastructure for active transportation and promote walkability and cycling.
3. Engineering - Engineers can develop new solutions and technologies to support urban expansion and the efficient connection of cities.