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Opens at Contemporary Space Athens May 13 Reinventer Paris Exhibition 

The Chicago Athenaeum, Museum for Architecture and Design in collaboration with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies present the architecture exhibition entitled "Réinventer Paris". The architectural competition Réinventer Paris on the redesign of Paris and the notable projects included within that context served as a stimulus for the organization of this cultural event. The exhibition will be presented from May 13 to June 12, 2016 in the Contemporary Space Athens, 74 Mitropoleos, Plaka and the inauguration will take place on Wednesday, May 18, at 8:00 pm.

Aiming to reshape the urban fabric of Paris, “Réinventer Paris” is an exhibition of the 23 design competition proposals to develop architectural projects throughout the modern French capital.

Seeking to revive a collection of key sites selected by Mayor Anne Hidalgo, each firm in the competition was invited to submit ideas for all of the plots, prior to being evaluated by an international panel. “We are launching this call for innovative urban projects in order to prefigure what the Paris of tomorrow might be,” said Mayor Hidalgo. The diverse selections of winning projects include innovative and imaginative designs such as apartment blocks shrouded in greenery and a cinema transformed from an original electricity substation.

“A city like Paris must be able to reinvent itself at every moment in order to meet the many challenges facing it. Particularly in terms of housing and everything relating to density, desegregation, energy and resilience,” says Hidalgo. “It is important in today's world to find new collective ways of working that will give shape to the future metropolis.”

Among the winners are British architect David Chipperfield and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Both Chipperfield and Eliasson are on the team that has been selected to revamp the Boulevard Morland site in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, which is described as one the flagship projects of the competition. Extending and opening up an existing city administration building that dates back to 1964, the design of the building's top two floors will integrate an inhabitable art installation by Eliasson, which will house a bar and restaurant. Situated along the banks of the Seine, the redeveloped mixed-use complex will establish a new social landmark within the city as it includes a youth hostel, hotel facilities, office and retail spaces, and a market.

The 23 winning teams for Réinventer Paris are:SahuC & Katchoura Architectes with François Chatillon Architecture; Oliver Palatre Architects with Atelier Roberta; Pablo Katz Architecture; Lina Ghotmeh / DGT Architects; Xtu Architects; AAVP Architecture with Vinvent Parreria, Antonio Virga Archtiects, Patric Blanc, and Paul Arene; Manuelle Gautrand Architecture; L35 Architects with ORY & Associates; Red Architecture; PCA - Philippe Chiambaretta Architect; Nicolas Laisne Architects with Bassinet and Turquin; AR Architecture with Christian Delecluse; Jacques Ferrier Architecture with Chartier Dalix Architects, SLA Paysagistes, & Splann; Hubert & Roy Architects with Florence Mercier; Clara Simay with Link Architects, Melanie Drevet, and Philippe Pieger; Evangile: TVK with OLM; Atelier Secousses Architects with Fabre-Speller Architects; Studios d'architecture Ory and Associates; Vincent; Saulier Architects with Choreme; Sou Fujimoto with Oxo Architects and Philippe Starck; David Chipperfield with Calq Architecture, Olafur Eliasson, Studio Other Spaces, and Michel Desvigne; and Perrot & Richard Architects with Atelier Paul Arne, Pierre-Alexandre Risser Horticulture & Gargens and Studio Ramy.

Inauguration: Wednesday May 18, at 8:00 pm
Duration of Exhibition: 13/5 until 12/6
Opening days & hours: Wednesday until Sunday, 2 -9 p.m

Contemporary Space Athens
The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
Mitropoleos 74, 10563, Plaka, Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210 342 8511, Fax: +30 210 342 8512