Reviewing the resulting projects, Paul Lukez finds innovative strategies for guiding the future of the suburbanized metropolis -- in Paris and beyond.
"The results of these ambitious proposals are on display now as part of an exhibition "Le Grand Pari de L'agglomération Parisienne" shown at the Cité de l'architecture until November 2009. They are impressive in their scope and scale. Most importantly, they address problems and provide solutions that pertain not only to Paris but also to metropolises around the world. Therein lies the great promise of this undertaking, in that it can serve to advance this important discussion while providing a rich repository of solutions."