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.

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