We’ve got a little soft spot for shopping malls, whether looking at their struggles in historical zones like South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan or theorizing about the faux-architecture of planned shopping towns like Val d’Europe in Paris. But it’s rare that we get the opportunity to take a fresh look at a new shopping center as it opens its doors in the middle of a major capital. What’s more, this time it’s in the heart of Paris, a city known for its small shops and boutiques.
The High Line in New York City is one of the most well-known elevated parks, but around the world there are many similar urban reclamation projects underway. The success of the High Line inspired many other cities around the world to reuse and rethink space around old rail lines. Here are 10 plans from Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United States and Mexico.
Today is the last day you can enter to win this signed original print by A Few Parisians columnist David Cessac. In the past year, David has taken us to Fédéric Malle’s perfume shop in Saint Germain-des-Près, showed us the love locks on the Pont des Arts, shopped with us at the Marché de Passy and played with us at Buren’s columns at the Palais Royal. Now, David asks, “To be or not to be a Parisian… Is that even a question?”
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This might make you do a double take. It looks like an entrance to the Paris Metro, but it’s located right in New York City, in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art.
Guimard was an Art Nouveau architect born in 1867 in Lyon, France, and rose to prominence around the turn of the 19th century with the design of apartments in Paris known as Castel Beranger. His legacy, however, lies with the Parisian Metro. Opened in conjunction with the Exposition Universelle of 1900 (the 1900 World’s Fair), Paris’ city planners determined that the subway needed entrances worthy of the City of Light.