Changing urban living
Steeped in history and with an exceptional heritage, Paris Region is undergoing intensified renewal to respond to its growing population and accelerate the emergence of a sustainable city that reconciles modern facilities, commercial real estate and a pleasant lifestyle.
New projects to accelerate the development of tomorrow’s city
Paris Region is already likened to a world city prepared for the future, boasting the densest metro network in the world, 3 international airports, an expanding network of green modes of transport – including electrical scooters, shared bike schemes and cycle tracks – 29 eco-districts and more than 100,000 sq. m of co-working space. These are all elements heralding new lifestyles and ways of travelling in cities.
The transformation of the urban landscape is accelerating, with the construction of 200 km of new tracks and 68 new stations for the Grand Paris Express project. GPE will accelerate the interconnection of communities around the outskirts in the years ahead. The 68 stations will become the centers of new neighborhoods, with a total of 140,000 sq. m of mixed development comprising housing, public amenities, business accommodation and leisure facilities.
New equipment for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games will give momentum to different districts; the public authorities are already anticipating the games’ legacy. For example in Plaine Saulnier, where the Olympic Aquatic Center will be located, a public consultation is underway to define the future of the district, the objective of which is to create a neighborhood, organized around public services and a one-hectare park, where communities can live and work in harmony.
Architectural competition to reconfigure urban areas and how they are used
Rethink and build the city of the future is the objective fixed by the Paris Region through the launch of several international architectural consultations such as ‘Inventing the Greater Paris Metropolis 1&2’. These are the largest urban and development consultations in Europe.
Developers, investors, architects and artists have joined forces to propose innovative urban schemes that are adapted to new ways of using world cities. This remarkable initiative highlighted the Paris Region’s capacity to invent and build urban neighborhoods that are environmentally responsible, resilient and inclusive.
In parallel, the city of Paris has selected the winners of a call for innovative urban projects aimed at transforming identified spaces under the city that exploit them to their full potential. These idiosyncratic and widely unknown underground spaces, part of a mysterious city under the city, are now the subject of avant-garde projects which dare to step off the beaten track, making Paris more vibrant, more attractive and more open to new real estate practices.
The Paris Region, a showcase for French Tech
The Paris Region offers unlimited possibilities for researchers, as it is home, notably, to one of the largest business incubators in Europe, ‘The Cargo’, that is entirely dedicated to innovation and to the development of young creative businesses.
Real estate is another hub of innovation: almost 200 young businesses are based within Grand Paris and invest in the sector. BIM, augmented reality, modeling and smart sensors are just a few of the innovations that will redefine property and make PropTech an industry of the future.
Innovation results in new usages introduced by high tech services. The Paris Region is currently experimenting with the dematerialization of transport tickets by proposing the purchase and validation via smartphones. Similarly, Urban Lab, the urban exploration laboratory run by the city of Paris, is testing new mobility solutions, modular spaces and circular economy practices. Projects for driverless cars, delivery androids, innovative urban furniture, connected objects for waste management and cargo bikes are also being experimented to create the Smart City picture.
Building a sustainable and resilient city
In the future, the quality of life of urban populations will be intricately linked to our capacity to build greener cities with cleaner air using sustainable urban development and renewable energies. The public authorities are determined to implement ambitious environmental policies:
From 2020 to 2024, Paris Region will dedicate 10 billion euros to the environment in order to develop renewable energies, create green areas and tackle air pollution.
By 2050, Paris City will use only renewable energy and become carbon neutral.
Since 2016, 44 innovative development projects of green districts have been financed in Paris Region to reach the objective of reducing the ecological impact, notably through the E+C-C- certificate (Positive Energy Building and Carbon Reduction).
United Grand Paris looks on ecological transition as an opportunity to develop ambitious projects that improve value and that will shape tomorrow’s urban way of life.