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Last day, but not least!

©Benjamin Geminel - Hans Lucas

With more than 20 conferences illustrating the dynamism of the Paris Region and the interest, diversity and quality of its business opportunities for international investors, this last day under the United Grand Paris pavilion was not but not the least.

The trend is clearly towards mixed-use. By hybridizing housing, offices, shops, and leisure activities, the city is rediscovering the effervescence that underpins the quality of its living environment. Paris La Défense has presented the many projects that are transforming the business district in western Paris. The challenge is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030. Altiplano, a 1980s service building, will be completely renovated: the offices will be accompanied by shops, a restaurant offer, and generous landscaped areas for employees and residents. From 2025, The Link will combine great height with contact with nature: each office is less than 30 seconds walk from an outdoor space.

Grand Paris Aménagement outlined its strategy for reclaiming first floors, as an investment in retail space at the foot of buildings is a major vector of dynamism. Urban planning, Grand Paris Aménagement also emphasized, now involves the return of nature to the heart of the city. The EPA Sénart shares this ecological ambition: the Arboretum de Chanteloup eco-district is an example of this gentle urban planning, with 2,400 homes built in the heart of 7 hectares of nature.

The reconversions, rehabilitations, and requalification are part of the objectives of sustainable development. The Greater Paris Metropolis explained with Novaxia the process of converting offices into housing. EpaMarne EpaFrance and Redman announced their partnership to meet the challenges of building conversion together. Espaces Ferroviaires presented Les Messageries, a project that gives a second life to an exceptional industrial heritage and creates a new mixed and peaceful neighborhood of 6 hectares, a real green lung in the heart of Paris.

Transportation, research and food

Economic dynamism depends on an efficient transportation system: Greater Roissy benefits from the proximity of the Charles de Gaulle airport hub. The Société du Grand Paris has shown how the future Grand Paris Express metro will become the booster for urban development projects in a fluid and interconnected Greater Paris. And, for everyday travel, Paris Saclay presented MaMob', an innovative experiment in Mobility as a Service.

The health crisis has shown the importance of scientific research and the knowledge economy. Johannes Fruehaufn, Founder & CEO of LabCentral/Biolabs underlined that the real estate strategy of EPA Paris-Saclay has allowed the territory to become the hotspot of R&D. Grand Paris Sud presented its opportunities for Biotechs around the Genopole as well as its Usine du Futur project undertaken with EPA Sénart and Elcimaï, a fully modular industrial 4.0 envelope available on a turnkey basis.

And, since in France everything always ends with a good meal, let's mention the conference of CEEVO 95 and Semmaris. Its dynamic president, Stéphane Layani, explained that AGORALIM will become a site north of Paris dedicated to agro-ecological production and distribution. A flagship project for the food sovereignty of the Paris Region.

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