The Reinventing Paris call for projects was an indisputable success and constituted a milestone for Paris. First, in terms of method, as it enabled to define new ways to fashion the City by mobilizing multidisciplinary teams and by bringing to the fore how it is used by the public. The CFP, which offered to revive sites of outstanding significance, attracted many famous experts – architects, thinkers, artists, etc. – and allowed for new talents to emerge.
Then, through its architectural projects, both spectacular and imbued with great sensitivity, which will lead to the emergence of hybrid, shared, and environment-friendly one-of-a-kind sites in the very heart of Paris.
Based on this success, we are now happy to launch Reinventing Paris 2. Entitled the “Subterranean Secrets of Paris,” this CFP opens up new horizons. Indeed, it proposes to bring together partners who wish to utilize their real estate expertise in new contexts. It also promises to reveal an unexpected world – that of the subterranean city – by offering up unknown, unusual and remarkable spaces to the teams’ creativity.
Each team is invited to give free rein to an imagination that must be at once architectural, economic, cultural and social – in order to take on, in the most concrete way possible, the main challenges with which metropolises are confronted, such as innovation, ecological transition and the concept of the benevolent and inclusive city.
By doing so, we are rejecting a Paris fossilized by nostalgia or, conversely, drowned in a contemporary movement towards standardization. By opening up the scope of possibilities, by articulating urban, ecological and democratic revolutions, we are going to fashion the City of tomorrow: an open, decompartmentalized, vibrant and radiant place.