MVRDV architects: 'paris plus petit' vision for greater paris 2030
mar 13, 2009
MVRDV architects: 'paris plus petit' vision for greater paris 2030


grand paris – collection of program to be added until 2030 – 2035.
in the MVRDV vision this volume is spread over the space available for transformation.
image © MVRDV

yesterday winy maas presented MVRDV’s vision for greater paris 2030 to
the economic and social council of france. the project ‘paris plus petit’ by MVRDV
in collaboration with ACS and AAF is one of ten proposals by international architecture
and urbanism teams to envision the future of the french capital and its vast agglomeration.
the urban challenge has been commissioned by nicolas sarkozy, president of france.

MVRDV ‘paris plus petit’ project is represented in four parts:
the ‘synthesis’, the ‘city calculator©’, the ‘data’ and the ‘observation’.

the synthesis defines the spatial agenda for the city, based on ambitious and responsible
strategies for the french capital. it is the core of the response and proposes a series of
17 large scale interventions that are based on an analysis of the city’s fabric, its future
programmatic needs and spatial possibilities. the proposals are interventions based on
available space and feasible. among them the ambition to make paris highly accessible:
the creation of a grand central station at the location of les halles, underground densification
of the boulevard périphérique by adding a metro line and two underground motorways
ring-roads, the creation of new grand axe’s and a subterranean infrastructure band along
the seine. the space liberated by the buried infrastructure is used for a housing program
that allows for urban living in pleasant and green environments. further parts of the vision
are investments into transport, nature, education, culture, social cohesion and vast amounts
of renewable energy. the sum of all projects can avoid future sprawl and radically transform
paris into one of the densest, most compact and therefore sustainable high quality cities
in the world: ‘paris plus petit’.

the city calculator© is a proposed demo version of a potential software and possible
webtool, which quantifies the ‘behaviour and performance’ of a city and makes it comparable
to others. it connects qualitative to quantitative parameters. it can be used as a public
and planning tool to support sustainable planning. the city calculator© will be conceived
in collaboration, by the why factory at delft university of technology.

the data gives the overview of the detailed research on the functioning and performance
of greater paris, which has been the background for the spatial proposals.

the observations are a series of articles on the backgrounds, the history, the potentials
and the problems of the french metropolis.


grand paris – overview of paris with all possible interventions. the sum of the interventions is 350% of the needed built program,
therefore in the blue circle the intensification zone which addresses the need for new program until 2030, resulting in a more compact city.
image © MVRDV


grand paris – detail of paris with the datascape of abstract volumes of the interventions
image © MVRDV

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