Crowdsourced Parisian Block Would Embody the Tastes of the Masses
Paris' diverse constituencies have something for everyone in this imaginative project
The battle for the visual heart and soul of cities is often characterized as being between two monoliths: the traditional beauty of old world-style architecture and the cost-saving glassy and metallic look of the modern. Either way, actual citizens of the city don’t get much of a voice in the matter.
Périphériques Architectes, in response to a design competition called Reinventer Paris for affordable housing in a plot in Paris’s Rive Gauche urban development zone, thought differently. They proposed a “crowd built” agglomerated structure called Paris Par Nous Paris Pour Nous (“Paris By Us, Paris For Us”). It weaves together many different styles and tastes to house a pluralistic community.