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Paris pushes for car-free River Seine as anti-pollution measures tighten

Paris pushes for car-free River Seine as anti-pollution measures tighten | green streets | Scoop.it

In keeping with Paris’ mounting aversion to automobiles, Mayor Anne Hidalgo recently announced plans to bar motorists from the banks of the River Seine by summer 2016.

This latest blow to motorists occurs in tandem with the all-or-nothing anti-pollution target Hidalgo set last year of banning all non-electric or hybrid vehicles from Paris’ most polluted streets by 2020.

Renderings for the futuristic River Seine project a motor-free parkland consisting of a tree-shaded promenade with space for children’s playgrounds and sports facilities. The length of this promenade is TBD, with some proposals occupying a modest 0.9 miles, while others insist on a 2.05-mile car-free quayside, potentially freeing up 1.4 acres of parkland.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 19, 2015 6:09 PM

Renderings for the futuristic River Seine project a motor-free parkland consisting of a tree-shaded promenade with space for children’s playgrounds and sports facilities. The length of this promenade is TBD, with some proposals occupying a modest 0.9 miles, while others insist on a 2.05-mile car-free quayside, potentially freeing up 1.4 acres of parkland.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, May 24, 2015 2:21 AM


Australian Curriculum

The strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe (ACHGK047)


GeoWorld 7 Chapter 12.  Strategies to enhance liveability (12.1. Paris)

Lauren Quincy's curator insight, May 24, 2015 9:42 PM

Unit 7: Industrialization and Economic Development 

 

This article is about Paris' latest step in their anti-pollution goal. Mayor Anne Hidalgo plans to bar motorist from the banks of the River Seine by the summer of 2016. This followed the banning of all non-electric or hybrid vehicles by 2020 set last year. These policies are set in hoped to decrease pollution and open up green spaces for children and sports facilities. 

 

This relates to this unit because it talks about the use of governmental policies in order to reduce pollution in Paris. These steps also help with environmental sustainability and aim at development for a greener city. Paris is redefining the role of transportation in order to create usable and walkable areas. 

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Taking the Next Step: Paris Leads With Innovation in the Streets

Taking the Next Step: Paris Leads With Innovation in the Streets | green streets | Scoop.it

In a 180-degree change from previous decades, during which public space was thought of mainly in terms of facilitating automobile circulation, the City of Paris has been implementing an ambitious strategy to rethink the role of the car in the city.

The new approach, which puts the quality of the urban experience at the heart of urban policy, has led to a complete redefinition of Paris’s urban spaces...

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Urban Farming on the Streets of Paris

Urban Farming on the Streets of Paris | green streets | Scoop.it
Designs for greenhouses that would fit between buildings and grow, among other things, bananas.

When most people think of urban farming, they see in their mind’s eye small plots recovered from the rubble of demolished buildings, tomatoes on fire escapes, and planters on rooftops. But urban farming could be a lot simpler, says French firm SOA Architects. They propose “Urbanana,” a large greenhouse-like structure that can fill the gaps between Haussmann-period buildings along Paris’s boulevards. This facility would grow bananas, and other edible plants unsuited to Paris’s climate, obviating the waste of transporting these products thousands of miles.

Here, then, is a truly local agricultural practice, one that can produce produce in quantities large enough to sustain whole cities. A bit more investment would be required for this type of venture than for the average urban farm, but the returns would be larger as well. This type of structure will also give urbanites the ability to cultivate their own specimens and varieties of ‘exotic’ plant, just as gentleman farmers have been doing for centuries in their private greenhouses (or green homes?)...

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Paris' Boulevard Diderot Gets What Is Probably the World's Best Bus Stop

Paris' Boulevard Diderot Gets What Is Probably the World's Best Bus Stop | green streets | Scoop.it
At Design Urbain's bus station on Paris' Boulevard Diderot, you can grab dinner and charge your phone while you wait.

If asked to describe the perfect bus station, you probably wouldn’t have much to say. A place to sit, not too dirty, and a bit of overhead cover in case of rain? The truth is, there’s not much to them. At least there hasn't been in the past. At best they they're comfortable and don't feel unsafe.

But what if we could re-imagine bus stations, making them so useful and attractive that they would actually draw people to public transportation? It sounds a little bit strange, but that’s exactly what it looks like the French firm Design Urbain is trying to do.

The firm has debuted an "experimental station" on Paris' Boulevard Diderot that sounds more like a Starbucks than a place where you wait for the bus. At the Diderot station, you can grab a sandwich, charge your phone, listen to music, rent a bike, borrow a book—or, yes, get a cup of coffee...

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Urban Continuity at the Reconstructed Sport Centre in Paris

Urban Continuity at the Reconstructed Sport Centre in Paris | green streets | Scoop.it

The partial reconstruction of the stadium Jules Ladoumègue has been realized in intricate connection with the new site of the RATP (public transport service for the Ile-de-France) maintenance center.

The construction of the maintenance center and the creation of new space for sport activities expresses the integration of big equipment in dense urban structure and emphasizes its multi functionality...

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, March 16, 2015 3:31 PM

This is a great read and offers insight into the plans and process of designing and blending old and new in a very dense urban environment...thanks DOMUS and Lauren Moss

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Paris to return Seine to the people with car-free plan...

Paris to return Seine to the people with car-free plan... | green streets | Scoop.it
It's the latest battle in Paris's war on the private car: a pedestrian "reconquest" of the banks of the Seine.

After a slanging match with the right, the city's Socialist mayor, Bertrand Delanoë has won his quest to break up the two-lane urban motorway that has run along the edge of the Seine since the 1960s, and return Paris's riverside world heritage sites to walkers and cyclists.

Next month, a stretch of more than 1km (0.6 miles) on the right bank near the Hôtel de Ville will see the first narrowing of the road to make way for pedestrian corridors, riverside walkways, bars and cafes. Then in the spring the final promised masterpiece of pedestrianisation will be unveiled: a 2.5km car-free zone on the left bank, between the Musée d'Orsay and the Pont de l'Alma, with a riverside park, pedestrian promenades, floating botanic gardens, flower-market barges, sports courts, restaurants and even perhaps an archipelago of artificial islands...

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Designer installs an outdoor digital haven in urban Paris...

Designer installs an outdoor digital haven in urban Paris... | green streets | Scoop.it

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, in collaboration with advertising firm JCDecaux, has installed his first urban development project on the famed Rond Point des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

The project, called Escale Numérique (Digital Break in French), is a series of Wi-Fi stations where pedestrians can sit to use laptops or other mobile devices, as well as access local information on a large screen.

The installation won a competition by the Mairie de Paris for intelligent street furniture connected with the underground fibre-optic network, so residents and visitors without mobile internet access can connect on the move.

Lehanneur devised a protective shelter with a plant covered roof, meant to look as good from above as from street level. Concrete swivel chairs with school desk-like tables for laptops sit under the shelter, and a large “digital billboard” provides city information and news for those without personal devices...

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Paris' Elevated Park Predates NYC's High Line by Nearly 20 Years

Paris' Elevated Park Predates NYC's High Line by Nearly 20 Years | green streets | Scoop.it
New York City's High Line Park is remarkable, but not quite as original as many think: Parisians have been enjoying strolls along an elevated park in the heart of the city for nearly 20 years. The Promenade Plantée, or Coulée Verte, runs 4.5km (2.8 mi) through Paris' 12th arrondissement.

The elevated Viaduct des Arts, which supported the Vincennes Railway from 1859 to 1969, was bought by the City as part of a general renovation of the area in 1986. Landscape architect Jacques Vergely and architect Philippe Mathieux were commissioned to design the park, which opened in 1993. At the same time, the arcades under the viaduct were converted into spaces for art galleries and artisan workshops.

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