'Reinventing Paris' exhibition shows city's future urban design

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The results of an international competition to turn 23 city sites into innovative, environment-friendly designs are on public display until May.

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Thousands of people flocked this weekend to check out the winners of 'Reinventing Paris', an international architecture competition to transform the city’s forgotten public buildings and spaces into environmentally-friendly urban designs, reports FRANCE 24.

Imagine a massive spaceship-like building planted with 1,000 trees straddling the périphérique motorway circling Paris. Or a nearly 100-year-old former electricity sub-station transformed into a multi-screen movie theatre and entertainment hall.

These are just a couple examples of the winners of 'Reinventing Paris', an international architecture competition to transform 23 sites across the French capital into innovative environmentally-friendly urban designs.

The contest, which was launched in October 2014 by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, drew a total of 372 entries from both big and small architecture firms, 75 of which were selected as finalists. Hidalgo unveiled the winners last week at an exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the centre for architecture and urban planning in Paris.

The proposals will now enter the construction phase, which Hidalgo said would be completed “in record time” by 2020, and will create around 2,000 jobs per year. Overall, the project is expected to cost the city more than 1.3 billion euros.

Eager to see how Paris is going to change, an estimated 3,500 people turned out this weekend to the see the exhibition, according to event organisers, who said they expect more than 60,000 visitors over the next three months.

Read more of this report from FRANCE 24.

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