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


Grande Stade

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.

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