The Urbanist

Spotlight: Paris

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2 June 2022

Episode 555

30 minutes


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This week we hone in on the French capital and what makes it tick. We meet the team at PCA-Stream architects working on the revamp of the Champs-Élysées, discover the Promeneurs de la Petite Ceinture and explore what gives Paris its joie de vivre.

2 June 2022

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Chapter 1

Renovating the Champs-Élysées

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The €250m revitalisation of the Champs-Élysées is taking place before and after the 2024 Olympic Games. The initial phase will see new vegetation and general repairs to buildings. The second stage includes a reconfiguration of the avenue’s traffic and improvements to public areas – a project that has fallen to architecture studio PCA-Stream.

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Looking forward to the Quality of Life Conference 2022

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By now most of the Monocle team is in Paris as our Quality of Life conference begins. One of them is culture editor Chiara Rimella, who joins Andrew to give you a sneak peek.

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How to enjoy life

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We wanted to bring you a little explainer on what makes Paris such a fun city to go out and let off some steam in. And who better than Monocle’s Robert Bound to be your guide?

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Promeneurs de la Petite Ceinture

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Like many European cities, Paris is home to a network of unused and abandoned railway lines. A new project by L’Association des Promeneurs de la Petite Ceinture wants to connect these 32 kilometres of railway and turn them into walking routes with bars, cafés and cultural activities all around.

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