Talk of the town— Global


From a Beijing air-quality expert to an Italian architect, these urban planning visionaries have ideas with the potential to transform our urban world – and soon.

Architecture, Environment, Infrastructure, Transport, Zoning

1. President Nicolas Sarkozy


France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is one of the few world leaders to focus so much attention on making his capital city bigger and better. His project for Le Grand Paris is hugely ambitious. Over the next 20 years, he plans to expand the city so that its suburbs are no longer cut off from its heart while also making it the greenest metropolis in the world.

Architects have put forward plans that include moving the Élysée Palace to the grim north-eastern suburbs. Another involves stretching the city out along the…


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