LAN Architecture’s Euravenir Tower fills the open last site in OMA’s Euralille master plan

Euravenir Tower. (Courtesy LAN, Julien Lanoo)

Euravenir Tower. (Courtesy LAN, Julien Lanoo)

In 1989, OMA was commissioned by Euralille to masterplan 8,611,100 square feet of urban activities in the urban quarter of Lille, France. Approximately 27 years later, the last free parcel of Phase One is filled. The project, Euravenir Tower, was designed by Paris-based architecture firm, LAN Architecture, at the foot of Avenue Le Corbusier.

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Lunch at a Landmark: Norman Foster explains the creative process behind his iconic structures

The Millennium Bridge in London

The Millennium Bridge in London. (Dark Dwarf)

On October 7, the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation hosted its annual “Lunch at a Landmark” at the top of the Hearst Tower. Guests, New York’s elite architectural, design, and preservation cognoscenti, were offered a rare insight into the building—one from Norman Foster himself.

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If at first you don’t succeed: Jean Nouvel’s leaning towers of Paris gets planning approval after initial rejection

Tours DUO (Courtesy L’Autre Image)

Tours DUO (Courtesy L’Autre Image)

After an initial rejection by officials from the Paris Council, French architect Jean Nouvel has been awarded planning permission for his firm’s so-called Duo Tower project on the Eastern banks of the Seine. Located in the Quartier De La Gare district of Paris, the project follows on the heels of another pyramidal tower by Herzog & De Meuron planned for the city.

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French architect Dominique Perrault wins 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award

Architecture, Awards, International
Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Dominique Perrault. Courtesy Wikipedia

Dominique Perrault. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The Japan Art Association has announced that French architect Dominique Perrault, most famous for the National Library of France in Paris, has won the 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in the architecture category.

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Spare a billion or two to help build a real life version of Tolkien’s Minas Tirith?

(Courtesy Realise Minas Tirith)

(Courtesy Realise Minas Tirith)

There’s something about those CGI scenes of Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings that really tickles the imagination. Apparently, they’re inspirational enough to prod one group in Southern England to put together a campaign to build a real life version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hilled city of Minas Tirith. And they’re asking the world to fund it.

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Help save this high tech masterpiece by Odile Decq and Benoit Cornette from the wrecking ball

Benoit Cornette and Odile Decq’s 25-year-old Banque Populaire de l’Ouest building is under threat of demolition.

Benoit Cornette and Odile Decq’s 1990 Banque Populaire de l’Ouest building.

Benoit Cornette and Odile Decq’s 25-year-old Banque Populaire de l’Ouest (BPO) building is threatened by demolition after the owner was unable to sell it and subsequently received permission to tear it down. The building’s double glazed, suspended facade and its panoramic elevators were considered major technical innovations when it was built.

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First in 40 Years: After initial rejection, Herzog & de Meuron’s triangular skyscraper is set to break ground in Paris

(Courtesy Tour Triangle)

(Courtesy Tour Triangle)

Paris’ city council ruling against the controversial Tour Triangle skyscraper back in 2014 was just overturned by the same governmental body. Mayor Anne Hidalgo approved of the jagged, triangular, Herzog & de Meuron–designed tower and has said she looks forward to the opportunities it will bring to the French capital.

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See the Grand Palais submerged in a virtual waterfall in 3D projection mapping design by Japanese art collective teamLab

(Courtesy teamLab)

(Courtesy teamLab)

Recently, Paris’ Grand Palais was awash in the cascade of a virtual waterfall, transforming the beaux-arts palace into a captivating scene from the lost city of Atlantis. TeamLab, a Japanese collective of technologists and artists, used 3D projection mapping to create the holographic play of light and shadow, while maintaining a fidelity to the laws of physics.

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French law mandates green roofs or solar panels on all new buildings in commercial zones

Montmartre Funicular Railway (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Montmartre Funicular Railway (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

It’s serious crunch time in France for environmental policymaking as regulations tighten in deference to the 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions by 25 percent. Paris is also scrambling for brownie points as it prepares to host the UN Conference on Climate Change this November.

Lawmakers in France recently decreed that all rooftops of new commercial buildings must be covered in either plants or solar panels. Other major cities have gone to similarly stringent lengths, with the city of Toronto, Canada, mandating green roofs on all new buildings in 2009—whether residential, industrial or commercial.

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French artist Julien Salaud creates enchanting constellations from thread coated in UV paint

Art, International
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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(Courtesy MyModernMet)

(Courtesy MyModernMet)

Awe-inspiring and mystic, French artist Julien Salaud’s constellation-like thread art evokes teeming scenes of nature, mythologies, and prehistoric cave paintings. And lasers.

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Pictorial> Twenty-one of the best pavilions from Milan Expo 2015

All the Pavilions. (Courtesy Expo Milano 2015)

All the Pavilions. (Courtesy Expo Milano 2015)

Milano Expo 2015 is rolling along, with 145 countries and a host of international organizations, civil society organizations, and corporations displaying their food-centric traditions and the latest sustainable agriculture and food production techniques.

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An architect from Vancouver wants to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper over a roadway in Paris

Baobab in Paris. (Courtesy Michael Green Architecture)

Baobab in Paris. (Courtesy Michael Green Architecture)

Back in March, AN wrote about Rüdiger Lainer and Partners’ plan to construct a wood skyscraper in Vienna. The so-called HoHo project would rise 276 feet and be about three-quarters wood. Now, Vancouver-based architect Michael Green, whose eponymous firm is behind “the tallest mass timber building in the United States” has proposed a timber tower for Paris that would be 10 stories taller—making it the tallest such structure on earth. That is, if it gets built.

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