The always inquisitive urban planner, Charles-Antoine Perrault, most well-known for his Paris-NYC mashup map, takes a photographic odyssey to systematically investigate POPS (Privately Owned Public Spaces), looking beyond figures at how zoning regulations shape the urban environment.
“Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS), are an amenity provided and maintained by a developer for public use, in exchange for additional floor area.”
– New York City Department of City Planning
The Parisian suburbs are known for their grands ensembles, massive suburban apartment complexes built in the 1950s and 1960s. Square, monofunctional and surrounded by open spaces, they are the materialization of the reigning Modernist ideology of the time and are the first view foreign visitors get from Paris as they arrive from Roissy Charles De Gaulle or Orly Airport, as in the view of Sarcelles below.