Jean Nouvel and Richard Rogers among architects commissioned to design concepts for French capital
Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, is to unveil 10 visions of the future of Paris designed by some of Europe's leading architects.
Concepts showing towering skyscrapers, monorails and a reclaimed island in the Seine are among those being shown at a new exhibition that opens today.
The exhibition is being seen as Sarkozy's attempt to create a series of grands projets in the city along the lines of those commissioned by President Francois Mitterand in the 1980s. IM Pei's Louvre pyramids are probably the most famous of Mitterand's grands projets.
Lord Rogers is among those exhibiting at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, the French capital's architecture museum.
His vision of leafy boulevards joins concepts designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, Winy Maas of Dutch architect MVRDV and others.
The full list of architects contributing is:
- Richard Rogers, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners/London School of Economics/Arup
- Yves Lion, Groupe Descartes
- Djamel Klouche, l'AUC
- Christian de Portzamparc, Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
- Antoine Grumbach, Agence Grumbach et associés
- Jean Nouvel, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
- Bernardo Secchi et Paola Vigano, Studio 09
- Finn Geipel, LIN
- Roland Castro, Ateliers Castro/Denissof/Casi
- Winy Maas, MVRDV with ACS + AAF.