Urban experiments for ‘ghost’ Metro stations


A Paris Mayoral candidate has pledged to repurpose disused Metro stations if she is elected, offering a range of interesting suggestions for the spaces.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet commissioned Oxo Architectes and Nicolas Laisné Associés to produce ideas for the renovation of the stations, including plans for an art gallery, a restaurant and even an underwater swimming pool.

The plans used Arsenal station (near Bastille) as an example, which closed at the outbreak of the Second World War and never reopened.

Paris has several out-of-use and never-opened Metro stops, and Kosciusko-Morizet would consult the public for more ambitious ideas if she wins the election next month. However, RATP (France’s public transport operator) raised concerns about the cost and safety of permanently repurposing the stations.

The London Underground also has ‘ghost’ stations, such as the original Shepherd’s Bush station, British Museum and Aldwych, which has been used for several films – would you like to see this kind of plan for our transport network?

Take a look at some of the ideas here.

Open the door to a new city in Paris


Railway company SNCF created this ad campaign that sends pedestrians to other European cities – simply by opening a door.

This campaign was facilitated by scattering a series of doors with the names of European cities on them around Paris.

Once opened the doors displayed real-time events happening in those cities.

This fun campaign gave French pedestrians the chance to have their portrait sketched in Brussels, watch a mime performance in Milan and much more!

Take a look at the campaign in the video below, and tell us if you would like to find these doors in a city near you!

Giant sculpture reinvigorates Russian landscape


Russian artist Nikolay Polissky has created this tubular sculpture which dominates the rural Russian landscape it is set in.

The project is called ‘Beaubourg’, after the oldest part of Paris and owes its inspiration for the design to the city’s architecturally renowned Pompidou Centre.

The structure itself is made by using an ancient Russian technique of birch weaving to create a labyrinth of interwoven birch twigs.

As you can see the result is a 22 metre-high sculpture that is difficult to miss.

Find out more about this project here, and let us know what you think of this new architectural landmark. 

New app relives iconic film images in modern Paris


French film lovers will love this new app called ‘Cinemacity‘, which allows users to relive iconic moments from films shot in Paris. 

It’s been made in collaberation between Arte, Small Bang and the Paris City Hall.

The app allows users to track the locations of moments from famous films and then see them through the lens of their phone, users can also submit their own take on a film shot in Paris.

‘Cinemacity’ is available to download and can be found here, or you can see it in action in this video below.

Street artist combines nature and technology in new wave of pictures


Parisian street artist Ludo has become more active lately, with new pieces popping up all over Paris.

Ludo claims that these latest works gain inspiration from a fusion of technology and nature, in what he describes as a “new order of hybrid organisms.”

The intention of his artwork is to reconnect the natural environment with the technology we create in what is termed as a “quest for modernism.”

Find out more about Ludo and see more of his work here.

T-Rex on the rampage in Paris


T-Rex in ParisT-Rex in ParisT-Rex in ParisFirst there were rubber ducks in the harbour, a fake beached whale in the Thames, and now Paris has a metal invader of the prehistoric variety.

Philippe Pasqua, a French artist, has designed and constructed a life-size replica of a T-Rex made from metal.

The chrome monster, which looms over the Seine River keeping a watchful eye over the Eiffel Tower, was constructed from 350 ‘bones’ and measures 3 metres by 6 metres.

The public installation is a combination of ancestry, modern times and shock. It will certainly pull in a crowd, as long as it doesn’t come to life.

Have a look at the images and let us know what you think of it.

New Grande Stade announced


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Grande StadeThe French Rugby Federation (FFR) has unveiled the winning design for the new French national rugby stadium. 

The ‘Grande Stade’ will be built using the designs of Populous and Ateliers 2/3/4/, and will be much more than just a rugby stadium; as well as hosting all the French rugby home matches, it will accommodate conventions, shows and a broad range of other sporting events thanks to its multi-purpose design. 

The design boasts a retractable pitch, to ensure the best possible playing surface for matches, and a retractable roof, which will help to create an intense atmosphere for sporting fixtures as well as creating the largest roofed entertainment venue in Europe, with a planned seating capacity of 82,000.

The new venue will be built South of Paris, with the architecture alluding to the hospitality and shelter of a town, with solid white stone masses on the exterior resembling the rock quarries of the region, contrasted by the variety of thriving public spaces and multi-level lounges within the structure.

Bounce your way across the Seine


Bridge over SeineBridge Paris AZCThis new concept by AZC, called ‘Bridge in Paris’, aims to bring urban dwellers back to “a state of primal happiness, of ancestral times when body and spirit were essentially free.” 

The bridge is made of three life raft-shaped inflatable modules with trampoline mesh stretched between each one and could be installed near the Bir-Hakeim Bridge on the River Seine in Paris. This is definetly a new way to get from one bank to another – fun!

You can find out more here.

Teleport between cities


SNCFTo celebrate the launch of the new direct TGV service between Lyon and Brussels, French train operator SNCF created a “teleportation device” that instantly transported the Lyon public into the heart of Brussels.

They created a box that was situated in Lyon’s Place de la République on 21 September and invited passers-by to “take a look at Brussels”, by peering through a hole in one of its sides. Multiple screens connected by satellite then transmitted their faces to another set-up in Brussels’s Mont des Arts square, while also feeding back images and sound to participants.

The result was an intercity interaction with bands and all.

Take a look at the video to find out more. (Concept by TBWA Paris)

Stylish sci-fi fantasy for Perrier


Premier Drop AdvertisingPerrier Ad DropPerrier has launched a short film called ‘Drop’, produced by Ogilvy Paris.

The film sees a young woman attempt a mission to the sun when the temperature on the Earth reaches unbearable levels.

It is directed by Johan Renck and was inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as French cinematography and includes lots of stylistic special effects courtesy VFX house Mikros Image.

A great visual spectacle but probably not the solution to global warming.

Michelle@Work: TTT goes to Paris


Submitted by Michelle Plett, Account Executive, PR at The Think Tank  

On October 6-7th I had the privilege of attending Architect@Work, Paris, one in a series of eponymous architecture fairs throughout Europe.  

The Architect@Work (A@W) concept travels through Germany, France, The Netherlands and Belgium. Unlike typical trade fairs A@W focuses on creating opportunity for building business relationships in a less commercial environment, without bright lights, big stands and music filling the halls.  

When I first walked in it was apparent that this fair was purpose built, darker than normal, the atmosphere screamed serious design. Located in one large hall visitors immediately came across the curated exhibition “Made in Light.” Hosted by Innovatheque, the exhibition explored the use of innovative materials and how they are lit.  

Below the exhibit delegates could attend a series of lectures on everything from materials to lighting. I chose one entitled “lumieres and luminaires; architectural lighting”. It was fascinating, even though it was all in French, and the seats were comfortable too!  

To the right and left were two hallways flanked by high black curtains. Nestled in groups of four company stands faced each other, triangular in shape, sharing a desk in the middle with only room enough to have a look at the product and then ideally, be taken off stand for a chat.  

Note: I became incredibly adept at saying “Sorry, I am in PR and I’m here to view new products. I’m not looking for anything” in French…   

The model behind A@W is to spark interest through your stand and then take the potential client out to the halls where food and drink are provided throughout the day. Here a chat and refreshments allowed companies to dig deeper into client needs without distracting new visitors on stand.  

The atmosphere was great; professional and focused. The delegates were right on target and my clients came out with great results. I would recommend this fair to anyone interested in reaching the European market.  

Thanks Architect@Work for bringing it back to business.

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Michelle@Work: TTT goes to Paris


Submitted by Michelle Plett, Account Executive, PR at The Think Tank  

On October 6-7th I had the privilege of attending Architect@Work, Paris, one in a series of eponymous architecture fairs throughout Europe.  

The Architect@Work (A@W) concept travels through Germany, France, The Netherlands and Belgium. Unlike typical trade fairs A@W focuses on creating opportunity for building business relationships in a less commercial environment, without bright lights, big stands and music filling the halls.  

When I first walked in it was apparent that this fair was purpose built, darker than normal, the atmosphere screamed serious design. Located in one large hall visitors immediately came across the curated exhibition “Made in Light.” Hosted by Innovatheque, the exhibition explored the use of innovative materials and how they are lit.  

Below the exhibit delegates could attend a series of lectures on everything from materials to lighting. I chose one entitled “lumieres and luminaires; architectural lighting”. It was fascinating, even though it was all in French, and the seats were comfortable too!  

To the right and left were two hallways flanked by high black curtains. Nestled in groups of four company stands faced each other, triangular in shape, sharing a desk in the middle with only room enough to have a look at the product and then ideally, be taken off stand for a chat.  

Note: I became incredibly adept at saying “Sorry, I am in PR and I’m here to view new products. I’m not looking for anything” in French…   

The model behind A@W is to spark interest through your stand and then take the potential client out to the halls where food and drink are provided throughout the day. Here a chat and refreshments allowed companies to dig deeper into client needs without distracting new visitors on stand.  

The atmosphere was great; professional and focused. The delegates were right on target and my clients came out with great results. I would recommend this fair to anyone interested in reaching the European market.  

Thanks Architect@Work for bringing it back to business.

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Matt W Moore adds colour for Dulux Campaign


Dulux’s Let’s Colour campaign has been extended by mural painter Matt W Moore ,creating a series of ‘live painting performances’ in Marseille, Lyon and Paris. Let’s Colour launched in the spring and is a global campaign from Dulux/AkzoNobel based on a concept to stage events in different cities in which Dulux paint is used to brighten up a neighbourhoods thereby “adding colour to people’s lives”.

See more here

The Think Tank

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Murakami comes to Versailles


Takashi Murakami’s whirlwind exhibition of manga-inspired works comes to the Palais de Versailles, Paris, in a display of 22 bright coloured sculptures – does it work with the historic background of the palace? What do you think?

See more on Cool Hunting

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Interesting and interactive web site for Le Petit Oiseau Va Sortir, Paris



Great web site for photography studio, Le Petit Oiseau Va Sortir in Paris. Great animation and interactivity.

Click here to view

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