President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed a "Grand Paris 2030" plan, with 10 international celebrity architects picked to design major projects, mostly skyscrapers. Mayor Bertrand Delanoë and the Paris city council have proposed three modernist skyscraper projects, with others in the wings.
The CEU White Paper on Three Paris Projects lays waste to the mayor's three projects, and by extension the president's 10, says Brussat.
According to the author, "Each of the projects relies on economic estimates already rendered moot by Europe's sovereign-debt crisis. They embrace green technologies that would spend years "swimming upstream" against the CO2 emitted to build them in the first place."
He concludes that, "All three barely disguise the glee by which they shred the beauty of Paris's fabric, stomping on an urbanism spontaneously efficient in ways Parisians understand instinctively."
One wonders, however, if Brussat's argument could have benefited from a counter-proposal for where to house the needed office and residential space so tightly curtailed by the historic city's ardent defenders.
Thanks to Charles Siegel