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AME-LOT Repurposes Shipping Pallets To Create a Transforming Facade

AME-LOT Repurposes Shipping Pallets To Create a Transforming Facade

AME-LOT is a proposal by French architect Stephane Malka to re-skin a student residence in Paris with shipping pallets. The modular facade is composed of hundreds of pallets strung together with hinges,

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Artist Baptiste Debombourg Makes a Magnificent Metal Mural With Half a Million Staples

Artist Baptiste Debombourg Makes a Magnificent Metal Mural With Half a Million Staples

Debombourg's illustrious career began in Paris in 2002 and has continue to get better ever since, culminating in Aggravure III. This particular project takes as points of reference the protagonist Icarus,

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French Cyclists Win the Right to Run Red Traffic Lights

French Cyclists Win the Right to Run Red Traffic Lights

While the vast majority of cyclists must adhere the same traffic laws as all other vehicles, and in some cases absurd bike-specific laws, bicycle activists in France have successfully campaigned for the

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Tadashi Kawamata’s ‘Under the Water’ Imagines The Debris From Japan’s Tsunami

Tadashi Kawamata’s ‘Under the Water’ Imagines The Debris From Japan’s Tsunami

As the 20 million tons of wreckage slowly make their way to Hawaii from Japan, Tadashi Kawamata created Under the Water to envision what it must be like to be beneath all the debris. His site-specific

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The World’s First Tower Built by Flying Robots Rises in France

The World’s First Tower Built by Flying Robots Rises in France

A swarm of robots working flawlessly in tandem have successfully built a beautiful undulating tower in a warehouse outside of Paris. The world's first building built by flying robots was designed by

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Jean Nouvel’s Shipping Container Restaurant Sprouts on Seguin Island in Paris

Jean Nouvel’s Shipping Container Restaurant Sprouts on Seguin Island in Paris

Les Grandes Tables of Seguin Island is a large timber-framed structure wrapped in glass. The bare bones suspended scaffolding wraps around recycled shipping cargo containers, giving it an industrial yet

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Ginger Group Unveils Plan to Transform the Eiffel Tower Into a Gigantic Tree

Ginger Group Unveils Plan to Transform the Eiffel Tower Into a Gigantic Tree

A group of consultants in Paris has hatched a plan to turn the Eiffel Tower into a giant tree by covering it with 600,000 plants. Their dream is to literally plant the 324 meter tall aesthetic symbol of

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Paris PARC: BIG + OFF Win Competition to Design Sorbonne’s New Research Centre in Paris

Paris PARC: BIG + OFF Win Competition to Design Sorbonne’s New Research Centre in Paris

Like a mirror, the stealthy building seeks to blend into its environs and fits into the dense context of university buildings from different historical periods. Located at the visual axis of the Notre

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Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Despite having only 17 square meters to work with, Boujon and Benayoun have set a new record for space management by generating more than adequate space to work and store important tools in what was once

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Hamonic + Masson Wrap 62 Parisian Apartments in Striking Serpentine Terraces

Hamonic + Masson Wrap 62 Parisian Apartments in Striking Serpentine Terraces

Each of the 62 flats have three rooms, 66 square meters of floor space, and a compact space-saving arrangement. Even so, tall windows allow for plenty of natural light to permeate deep into the units and

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Checkerboard Solar-Clad Housing Project Pops Up in Paris

Checkerboard Solar-Clad Housing Project Pops Up in Paris

The building provides spacious apartments for low-income needs. The checkerboard-style façade faces Rue La Chapelle, and each front-facing unit has a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors

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WasteLandscape: 65,000 Discarded CDs Form a Sea Of Metallic Dunes in Paris

WasteLandscape: 65,000 Discarded CDs Form a Sea Of Metallic Dunes in Paris

WasteLandscape is an artificial landscape of hilly features blanketed with a sea of CDs. The 65,000 CDs were collected, sorted and then sewn together by hand to create an undulating and reflective

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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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