Paris now intends to reinvent its basements

The Paris City Hall Anne Hidalgo launched on Tuesday a call for “urban and innovative” projects to “build the Paris of tomorrow” within the framework of the “Reinventing Paris” initiative, which this year focuses on the basements of the capital city. “Paris will never be a finished city,” said Anne Hidalgo at the Arsenal Pavilion (4th) at the launch of the second edition of the initiative after the “success” of the first, launched in 2014. 34 sites “to reinvent” by teams of architects, urban planners and artists were unveiled during the presentation.

Mrs. Hidalgo praised a “new method” based on the partnership between various actors to “make a city”. For the second edition of the initiative, the city of Paris has partnered with several companies including RATP, Renault and SNCF, who have suggested several sites to be renovated. For example, RATP suggested “ghost stations”, such as the Champ de Mars metro station in the 7th arrondissement, opened in 1913 and closed to the public since 1939 because of its low frequencies, and the Croix-Rouge station (6th), which already hosted an exhibition in 2007. SNCF has suggested the site of the Esplanade des Invalides, a vestige of the 1900 universal exhibition, which has 18,000 square meters of basement.