Paris Rive Gauche

The Inner-Paris, Design-Driven Urban Renewal Success

11-13 November 2004

The tenth anniversary

AIA Continental Europe celebrates its 10th Anniversary, presenting an opportunity to meet with European and American colleagues, to begin or renew your relationship with the City of Light, and to earn continuing education credits by attending an unusual 2-day program.

Paris rive gauche

Composite site axonometric from the Paris rive gauche web site. River flow is to top.

The Conference subject is the Paris Rive Gauche Urban Renewal Area, a design-driven urban renewal project on a scale and scope of rare proportions, and an example of a successful public-private partnership.

Opening with a Reception in the restored Convent of the Récollets and concluding with a sumptuous dinner at the Louvre Museum, the Conference will focus on the development of the 325-acre site, of which 65 acres are platform over rail yards. The urban planners for the four Sectors and architects responsible for the planned 5,000 housing units, the 7 million sq.ft. of office space, and the 11 million sq.ft. of educational, cultural and commercial facilities, will discuss their projects and lead the site visits.

Paris Rive Gauche provides a showcase for the work of a number of distinguished and talented architects and planners, including: Devillers, de Portzamparc, Schweitzer, Foster, Turner, Charpentier, Hauvette, Jodry, Valode & Pistre, Borel, Michelin, Hammoutene, Maurios, Viguier. The non-profit corporation which controls the operation, SEMAPA, will explain its purpose and activity, from the selection of the design professionals, to bank financing, to development team selection.

The program concludes on Saturday with a round table discussion between French and American architects on “Architecture 10 Years from Now”, followed by a short cruise on the Seine to dinner under I.M. Pei’s Pyramide.

Figure-ground plan courtesy of the Paris rive gauche project. The rectangle at top-center is the courtyard of the Bibliothèque François Mitterand. River flow is to left.

Learning opportunity

Up to 15 AIA/CES LU's may be earned for the program. All lectures are in English.

A detailed program is available online.


Early registration, until 30 September 2004, is €250 for AIACE members. Guest rates are available, including a special provision for those who wish to limit attendance to the Thursday reception, Saturday boat tour and Saturday dinner at only.

See the registration form for details.


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