Architects Gaëlle Hamonic and Jean-Christophe Masson (HAMONIC+MASSON) have come up with the project that is a key point in the campaign that saw Anne Hildago elected mayor of Paris. The architects propose to redesign a part of the city 1.3 km long and 140 m wide: Avenue Foch. The project attracted much attention in the French press and offers much food for thought.
Avenue Foch originally played a very important role in the city as the ideal continuation of Bois de Boulogne, a green belt in Paris leading to Place de l'Etoile (Place Charles de Gaulle) and the Arc de Triomphe. But it lost its importance as the city’s suburbs grew and subsequent urban planning initiatives thwarted its original purpose.
Avenue Foch became a "non-place" for vehicle traffic only, devoid of infrastructure, shops or any sort of attraction for pedestrians.
HAMONIC+MASSON propose to restore Avenue Foch’s original role, providing a concrete response to today’s needs and problems by providing the city with greenery, public spaces, housing and places for people to meet.
Design: HAMONIC+MASSON & Associés (Gaëlle Hamonic + Jean-Christophe Masson)
Location: Paris, France
Images courtesy of HAMONIC+MASSON