PARIS SMART CITY 2050 – will you recognize the city?

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The Paris project for 2050 by Vincent Callebaut – “PARIS SMART CITY 2050”

The Climate Plan adopted by the Paris Council on October 1, 2007 provides for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Paris by 75% in 2050 compared to 2004. The action plan then covers several areas: travel, housing, town planning, management of resources and waste, food …

It is therefore in this context that the Vincent Callebaut Architectures agency worked on the “PARIS SMART CITY 2050” project. This study was then carried out in 2014.

It is a work of reflection and research on the integration of buildings of great heights with positive energy (BEPOS) and jointly producers of energy for the districts where they are established.

The result is eight prototype towers that completely transform the look of the city. I let you judge…

Used to Haussmannian architecture and 6-storey buildings, we are surprised. Indeed, high-rise buildings are rare in the French capital. Nevertheless, with the increase of the population in Paris, it is difficult to envisage a future which would respect all these codes. The architectural firm then looked into the question in order to combine these new issues with the historic aestheticism of the city.

PARIS SMART CITY 2050 the Mountains Towers of rue de Rivoli

Plant, solar and hydrodynamic towers that bio-condition the urban heat island. The facade of the buildings is then partially modified so that the new developments blend into the buildings. Also, facing the Tuileries Garden, wind turbines will provide the necessary electricity to the inhabitants of the street.
paris smart city 2050 MOUNTAIN TOWERS: Rue de Rivoli.

Antismog Towers: Small belt, Paris XIV

An ecological corridor of 23 km in the heart of Paris punctuated by photo-catalytic depolluting towers.

Photosynthesis Towers: Montparnasse Tower

The Parisian wart would potentially be covered with green stingers! I knew indeed the benefits of the latter for health. But I would not have imagined diverting it to the facade of a building for the Paris smart city 2050 project!

Vincent Callebaut Architect.  PHOTOSYNTHESIS TOWERS: Tour Montparnasse.

PARIS SMART CITY 2050 the Bamboo Nest Towers

The 13th arrondissement of Paris is undoubtedly the district of Paris that hosts the most large buildings. Indeed, the south of the city asks us to look up to see the sky. However, most often these are concrete bars. While the architects want to build towers to cultivate his vegetable garden. A delightful project but undoubtedly a little utopian …
paris smart city 2050 BAMBOO NEST TOWERS.

PARIS SMART CITY 2050 the gates of Paris

HONEYCOMB TOWERS: Porte des Lilas, Paris XX

We knew the beehives on the roofs of buildings in La Défense. A small trap for the companies which have their headquarters there to benefit from a tax reduction for their “gesture for the planet”. But Porte des Lilas, the accommodations are honeycombed. It is therefore only the bees who benefit from these novelties.

Farmcrapers Towers: Porte d’Aubervilliers, Paris XIX

For this Porte de Paris, the desire is to bring the countryside to Paris. The tower therefore houses an interesting ecosystem that is surely unknown to contemporary residents.
FARMSCRAPERS TOWERS: Porte d'Aubervilliers.

Mangrove Towers: Gare du Nord

The desire here is to take advantage of the untapped space between the station platforms. Indeed, they want to create tubes of plants to add new lungs to the city and fight against air pollution.


BRIDGE TOWERS: Pont Amont, Paris XII and Pont Aval, Paris XVI

Amphibian inhabited landscape bridges spanning the Seine at the Upstream and Downstream entrances to Paris.


Credit: Vincent Callebaut Architect

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