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Recycled POTOGREEN Planters Disguise Parisian Parking Poles as Mini Gardens!

Recycled POTOGREEN Planters Disguise Parisian Parking Poles as Mini Gardens!

The planters are made in part from recycled milk containers and fabric recovered from tents that are made by people undergoing rehabilitation at Emmaus, realizing, according to Kingleur, a further two

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Parasitic Rehearsal Room Hangs Between Two Parisian Homes

Parasitic Rehearsal Room Hangs Between Two Parisian Homes

The square addition creates a serene practice space for the client, a cello player. The room hangs like a parasite between the client’s house and a neighbor’s. A giant plate glass window lines almost

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Petit-Bain: Green-Roofed Floating Building Sets Sail on the Seine in Paris

Petit-Bain: Green-Roofed Floating Building Sets Sail on the Seine in Paris

Petit-Bain’s steel exterior is clad in vertical larch beams, which make the boat look more like a building while adding a beach club atmosphere. The three-storey Petit-Bain is centered around a theater

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Crazy-Looking AME-LOT Student Housing is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Pallets

Crazy-Looking AME-LOT Student Housing is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Pallets

The pallets - a remarkably flexible building material that can be manipulated to create a variety of geometric shapes - are connected via horizontal hinges and are built upwards to allow for privacy and

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Lush Green Pedestrian Bridge Revitalizes Abandoned Parisian Roadways

Lush Green Pedestrian Bridge Revitalizes Abandoned Parisian Roadways

Parissy takes an obstructive element that was meant for, and abandoned by, the automobile, and gives it back to the pedestrian. Malka’s first step is to unify the abandoned roadways into one congruous

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High Performance Housing Complex for Parisian Students is Woven Into the Urban Fabric

High Performance Housing Complex for Parisian Students is Woven Into the Urban Fabric

The project is composed of multiple buildings of varying heights, surrounding a central courtyard. Each apartment is roughly 18 sq meters each with a view into the courtyard to induce a calming effect.

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SANAA Unveils La Samaritaine Renovation Plans Complete with Transparent Glass Facade

SANAA Unveils La Samaritaine Renovation Plans Complete with Transparent Glass Facade

La Samaritaine was first built back in 1870 and over the years grew and spread out to encompass an entire block. Various architects and designers were involved in the construction and renovation of the

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Green Renovation Of Tour First, France’s Tallest Skyscraper, is Now Complete

Green Renovation Of Tour First, France’s Tallest Skyscraper, is Now Complete

At first conceived as three wings spiraling out from a central core, the newly renovated tower retains the original concept, but adds to it in many significant ways. First, the tower's height was

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MUT Architecture Unveils 12 Wooden Passive Houses for Parisian Suburb

MUT Architecture Unveils 12 Wooden Passive Houses for Parisian Suburb

Each of the 12 houses leans to a different side, allowing them to make the most of the site's available solar resource. Generous glazing on the front and rear of each house draws in light and encourages

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Collectif Et Alors Unveils a Sustainable Paris for 2100

Collectif Et Alors Unveils a Sustainable Paris for 2100

Paris, City of Lights, love and romance also wants to be the city of green by 2100.  Well, at least that's how architecture firm Collectif et alors’ Yannick Gourvil and Cecile Leroux imagine in their

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Crazy Paris Subway Maintenance Center Topped With Solar-Powered Helicopter Blades

Crazy Paris Subway Maintenance Center Topped With Solar-Powered Helicopter Blades

RATP, which owns and operates the Paris Metro, bus lines, three tram lines and the Montmartre Funicular, moved into its new maintenance building last fall after its completion in September 2010. The 3,400

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15 Mind Blowing Skyscrapers – From Vertical Farms to Shipping Container Towers and Buried Cities

15 Mind Blowing Skyscrapers – From Vertical Farms to Shipping Container Towers and Buried Cities

Finalists in the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper competition, these innovative buildings address a unique set of environmental and social challenges. The Nomad Skyscraper featured at the top of this article, for

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Arch Group Unveils Kremlin-Esque Green Orthodox Church In The Shadow Of The Eiffel Tower

Arch Group Unveils Kremlin-Esque Green Orthodox Church In The Shadow Of The Eiffel Tower

The complex's most prominent feature is the sprawling garden. Three existing trees, representing the holy trinity, will be joined by a series of birch, spruce, maple, lime, and ash trees to create a

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Beautiful Environmental Housing Project Adds Green to the Heart of Paris

Beautiful Environmental Housing Project Adds Green to the Heart of Paris

The project straddles across the street and incorporates gardens planted with bamboo and magnolias and commercial space on the ground floor. Breaks in the buildings highlighted with bright red facades

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Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens

Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens

Vertical Wall on Jean Nouvel's Musée du quai Branly Plants have found a home on walls for centuries, but are sometimes incongruous with architecture, often breaking down the structural integrity of a

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Billionaire to Invest $131 Million into Paris Carshare Program

Billionaire to Invest $131 Million into Paris Carshare Program

French businessman and billionaire Vincent Bolloré just announced that he will invest $131 million in Autolib, the Parisian electric vehicle car share program that will be launched in the fall of 2011.

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Gorgeous Bubble Gardens Pop Up in the Streets of Paris

Gorgeous Bubble Gardens Pop Up in the Streets of Paris

The bubble gardens were sponsored by The Dutch Flower Council to celebrate the popularity of houseplants in Paris (a recent study showed that 8 out of 10 French homes have indoor plants). The 4 pop-up

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Modern Green Social Housing Complex Rises East of Paris

Modern Green Social Housing Complex Rises East of Paris

Located on a site in Bondy, a town east of Paris, the new social housing project is bordered by a gymnasium, school and suburban housing on avenue Henri Barbusse. The four-story building is shaped like a

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KOZ Completes 28 Green (Literally) and Yellow Stacked Apartments

KOZ Completes 28 Green (Literally) and Yellow Stacked Apartments

The complex was originally conceived in response to Groupe 3F's competition to design a residential complex that redefines single family social housing units on high density sites. KOZ started out on

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Parisians Get Free Sparkling Water on Tap

Parisians Get Free Sparkling Water on Tap

We recently reported on bubbly going green, and now bubbly water is following suit. The Parisian water utility is offering free “pétillant” at the Jardin de Reuilly, giving lovers of

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Paris Launching Electric Car Sharing Program Next Year

Paris Launching Electric Car Sharing Program Next Year

Photo by faberNovel2009 Citywide bike sharing systems are easy enough to organize, but how about citywide electric vehicle sharing programs? Paris is hoping to capitalize on the success of its

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MVRDV Unveils ‘Pushed Slab’ Green Office Building for Paris

MVRDV Unveils ‘Pushed Slab’ Green Office Building for Paris

MVRDV just unveiled a striking new eco office building for Paris, and we're excited to see that it will be powered by solar panels and incorporate proven green building strategies. The Pushed Slab

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Artist Gad Weil Turns Champs Elysees into Green Boulevard

Artist Gad Weil Turns Champs Elysees into Green Boulevard

We didn’t think Paris could get any more beautiful, but a recent installation on the Champs Elysees proves that the city of lights is a stir pot for stunning things constantly in flux. Artist Gad Weil

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Parasitic Guerrilla Architecture Hijacks the Arche de la Défense

Parasitic Guerrilla Architecture Hijacks the Arche de la Défense

Pocket of Active Resistance is a modular housing system stuck to the interior walls of la Défense that grows organically out of the insurrection and malcontent of the people. Homes consists of modules

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Paris to Install Hydroturbines on the River Seine

Paris to Install Hydroturbines on the River Seine

Paris recently announced plans to infuse its grid with renewable energy by installing eight hydroelectric turbines in the waters of the River Seine. An urban ecology study of the French waterways has

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Boston Gears Up to Launch America’s Biggest Bike Sharing Program

Boston Gears Up to Launch America’s Biggest Bike Sharing Program

We all know how wonderful bikes are for the environment, but if you've been reluctant to make the switch because of the hassle that storing a bike presents, we've got exciting news for you! ...If you're

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Norman Foster Unveils Twin Faceted Skyscrapers for Paris

Norman Foster Unveils Twin Faceted Skyscrapers for Paris

Norman Foster + Partners recently revealed the masterplan for a new sustainable community just outside of Paris complete with twin faceted skyscrapers that will be the tallest mixed-use towers in Western

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Paris Visualizes Air Quality Via Color-Changing Balloon

Paris Visualizes Air Quality Via Color-Changing Balloon

It's been a while since an iconic red balloon has soared the skies of Paris, and we're excited to report that another altruistic beacon is set to grace the city's sweeping skyline. Airparif recently

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Paris’ Orly First European Airport to Use Geothermal Heating

Paris’ Orly First European Airport to Use Geothermal Heating

Orly Airport has recently announced that it plans to provide more than a third of its heating needs via geothermal energy. Slated for completion in 2011, the $17 million dollar project will cut annual CO2

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Jean Nouvel Wins the 2008 Pritzker Prize

Jean Nouvel Wins the 2008 Pritzker Prize

Groundreaking architect Jean Nouvel has inspired and influenced international architecture (and many of us here at Inhabitat) for over three decades with creative interpretations of culture, location,

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