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Paris: The Anticipated Urban Thaw | Fall 2014

International Conference and Chapter Meeting

The Anticipated Urban Thaw | 23-26 October 2014

Join us in Paris. 

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of AIA Continental Europe and take a closer look at a city you think you know, perhaps soon to see the most important urban & architectural renewal program since the 1970s. 

Proposed changes, a response to the challenges posed by a growing suburban population (1 in 6 French lives in greater Paris), will affect the very understanding of existing city limits and potentially modify the urban landscape by authorizing greater building heights in specific neighborhoods. The latter, if implemented, will see proposals designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Jean Nouvel among the first built. 

Both of these changes need to happen within the context of a city that, for many, defines the very notion of a historic landmark. Current projects will offer us a glimpse on how contemporary architecture finds its place in a centuries-old urban and architectural fabric. 

Site visits will include the Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry, the Departement des Arts de l’Islam by Architects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini, and the new Halles shopping center by Patrick Berger — each offering a distinct context. 

Paris will elect a new mayor in 2014. For a capital city seeking international visibility (after losing the Olympic bid to London) and where vacant lots are scarce, all eyes are turned on urban policies and architecture. 

The Paris 2014 Conference Committee


Conference attendees are responsible for booking accommodations. A list of suggested hotels has been assembled by the conference organisersParis also has a very active Airbnb community.



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