Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Paris, Jolie

Paris with Maglev train
While Los Angeles deals with eternal gridlock, eternal the City of Lights is doing some bold imagining for its future.

Hand it to the French. Who else would pick an economic collapse as a time to unveil one of the most audacious urban plans in recent memory?

Yet the 10 proposals for a new master plan for metropolitan Paris, which were unveiled last week, may just be the kind of brazen idealism the world needs right now.

Among the most audacious is Mr. de Portzamparc's plan, which proposes demolishing both the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l'Est and replacing them with a single massive European train station just outside the city center.

Other plans are more poetic. Jean Nouvel proposes creating a green belt that would circle the entire city. All future construction would be concentrated inside this belt, adding density to what are now sprawling, isolated communities. [Source]

When will the subway to the sea be built? 2032?