Field Tour

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Field Tour


Located between the Seine and the Gare d’Austerlitz’s railway network, the Paris Rive Gauche joint development zone is an exceptional demonstration of urban planning. Once an industrial site, it has undergone a remarkable transformation. Today it is both a residential neighborhood, with local shops, bicycle and pedestrian paths and universities, and a business center dense with office buildings.

Launched in 1994 with the creation of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, it is a symbol of the energy and potential of a constantly evolving Paris. Covering 130 hectares and reaching all the way to Ivry, it includes the works of internationally renowned architects such as Kengo Kuma, Jean Nouvel and Norman Foster.

Participants will have the chance to visit the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, a 2000m2 centre of information, documentation and exhibition about Town planning and Architecture of Paris and Parisian metropolis. As urban issues are in the heart of current debates, the pavilion de l’Arsenal aims to present these questions in a attractive and pedagogical way. Participants will be able to discover current exhibitions on fascinating subjects such as the Paris Haussmann exhibition or the Reinvent Paris exhibition. The participants will follow a presentation by architect Catherine Haas on urban planning issues and recent realizations in Paris.

The participants will be invited to discover the docks de Saint-Ouen operation, a project on 100ha on the banks of the Seine, which aims to develop an exemplary and innovative urban environment with functional and social diversity, density and urban continuity. Then, the visitors will have the chance to take on a bus tour that will follow the major urban redevelopments on the Plaine Commune territory, with a presentation of the specific issues of urban planning and redevelopment projects on this very rich and complex territory. This visit will allow the participants to notably learn about Veolia headquarters, the Stade de France, the coverage of the A1 highway and the on-going construction site of the Condorcet Campus.

The visit will begin in front of the Halle Pajol, an exceptional and ambitious joint development operation in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Participants will be invited to discover the exemplary rehabilitation of the Halle, an element of the 19th century industrial heritage. The ZAC Pajol transformed a former SNCF warehouse that welcomes you today to an environmentally friendly wooden building.

The participants will then have the chance to discover the project of urban conversion of the Macdonald warehouses in Paris’s 19th arrondissement on the edge of the ring road. This operation is a major part of the Paris Nord Est urban renewal project.

This visit will allow participants to discover an emblematic redevelopment operation with high quality and environmental standards. The ZAC (joint development zone) Batignolles, a project of nearly 54 ha, aims to redevelop and reintegrate a formerly isolated area to the territory. An ambitious urban form is emerging gradually, around a central park of 10ha. The intention is for it to be ecologically integrated into the environment.