Conclusions from an assessment of three major redevelopment projects in Paris:
Le Projet Triangle, Paris Rive Gauche, Clichy-Batignolles
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This report presents the results of an October, 2011, fact-finding
study in Paris, France, to evaluate three new projects within the
central city area, now in development in part as the result of recently
liberalized planning restrictions on tall buildings.
A fact-finding delegation from the Council for European Urbanism (CEU)
investigated the projects and the sponsors' claims in cooperation with
SOS-Paris, a long-established Parisian architectural preservation
group. The delegation came with no preconceptions and stipulated that
the CEU would reach conclusions as an expert group. The delegation
visited two of the sites, in the 13th and 17th arrondissements, where
lower buildings are under construction, but work on the tallest
buildings has not yet begun, and studied planning literature for the
third site, where no construction has taken place.
The fact-finding delegation evaluated these projects in light of
specific claims made by city officials and project supporters whose aim
is to justify a major change in urban development policy for this world