AIA Europe
 

Paris | The anticipated urban thaw

23-26 October 2014

International Conference and Chapter Meeting

 
 

Join us in Paris.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of AIA Continental Europe and take a closer look at a city you think you know, perhaps soon to see the most important urban & architectural renewal program since the 1970s.

Proposed changes, a response to the challenges posed by a growing suburban population (1 in 6 French lives in greater Paris), will affect the very understanding of existing city limits and potentially modify the urban landscape by authorizing greater building heights in specific neighborhoods. The latter, if implemented, will see proposals designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Jean Nouvel among the first built.

Both of these changes need to happen within the context of a city that, for many, defines the very notion of a historic landmark. Current projects will offer us a glimpse on how contemporary architecture finds its place in a centuries-old urban and architectural fabric.

Site visits will include the Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry, the Departement des Arts de l’Islam by Architects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini, and the new Halles shopping center by Patrick Berger — each offering a distinct context.

Paris will elect a new mayor in 2014. For a capital city seeking international visibility (after losing the Olympic bid to London) and where vacant lots are scarce, all eyes are turned on urban policies and architecture.

—The Paris 2014 Conference Committee

A printable flyer (200mm x 200mm), front and back, is available for download.

Program:

The following program subject to change.

Thursday, 23 October  
Saint James & Albany 17:00 Registration opens  
18:00 Opening reception at the Saint James & Albany Hotel  
20:00 Dinner on your own  
Friday, 24 October  
Saint James & Albany 8:00 Registration continues with coffee  
8:30 Welcoming remarks  
8:45 Presentation: Paris urbanism with Guy Amsellem, président de la Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine   1
9:45 Coffee break / pickup headsets  
Presentation: AIA Europe is pleased to present new sponsor B&W Group, with Roberto Gamba.  
10:15 Presentation: Les Halles — The historical context, master plan, underground complex, and gardens will be presented by Jean-Marc Fritz, Architecte DPLG and principal of SEURA architectes et urbanistes. The Canopée will be presented by Patrick Berger, Architecte DPLG and principal of Patrick Berger et Jacques Anziutti, architectes.   Note a
11:30 Presentation: Islamic gallery in the Cour Visconti of the Louvre by architects Rudy Ricciotti and Mario Bellini; presented by Hugh Dutton, AADip, RIBA of Hugh Dutton Associés, consultants for the project.   Note b
12:30 Lunch / pickup headsets / verify everyone has a button  
13:30 Leave the Saint James & Albany Hotel in four groups for walking tours  
Louvre, Passage Richelieu 14:00 Building tour: Visit the Department of Islamic Art in the Cour Visconti of the Louvre with project consultant Hugh Dutton, AADip, RIBA and guides   Note b
Fontaine des Innocents
Les Halles Project Information Center
Building tour: Visit the construction site at Les Halles with guides. Travel between the conference hotel, the Louvre and the Les Halles site will be guided though the Tuileries neighborhood of Paris.   Note a
Transit 18:30 Transit by métro, bus, or foot to the Cité de l'Architecture et Patrimoine. See the conference map. Total travel time varies.  
Palais de Chaillot 19:30 Reception: Hosted by AIA Europe sponsor Laufen, we will spend the evening at Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in the Palais de Chaillot. This catered event will include visits to the galleries. (Gallery visits end at 22:00).   1
Saturday, 25 October  
Saint James & Albany 8:00 Registration continues for weekend attendees  
8:30 Opening remarks  
8:45 Presentation: James Cowey AIA, DESA of Studios Architecture (Architect of Record) and Matt King, Associate Director and Engineer at TESS talk about the Fondation Louis Vuitton by Gehry Partners.   Note c
10:15 Coffee break / headset / button distribution  
10:45 Presentation: Tour Carpe Diem at La Défense with Kevin M. Smith and Meghan L. McDermott, Partners with Robert A.M Stern Architects   Note d
11:45 Presentation: Jean Rouit, Partner of SRA architectes introduces the Tour First at La Défense by KPF, with presentation by Project Architect Ranieri Fontana-Giusti RIBA, a director at the London office of KPF.   1
12:45 Transit with box lunch to the Jardin d'Acclimatation  
Fondation Louis Vuitton 13:45 Building tour: Review of the exterior of the Fondation Loius Vuitton. (Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets for Monday, 27 October and visit the building on their own. The grand opening of the building is the weekend of the conference. We will not be able to enter as a group.)   Note c
Transit 15:15 Transit to La Défense via métro  
La Défense 16:00 Walking tour: Visit the Carpe Diem Tower by Robert A.M. Stern Architects with walking tour of La Défense (with guides tbd).   Note d
18:00 Time on your own (including transit from La Défense to center of Paris)  
Cercle de l'Union Interalliée 19:30 Reception at the Cercle de l'Union Interalliée on the terrace and in the Salle Marc de Beaumont (For men, a jacket and tie are required at this venue.)  
20:30 Gala dinner at the Cercle de l'Union Interalliée with remarks from honored guests Helene Combs Dreiling FAIA, Elizabeth Chu Richter FAIA, et al.  
Sunday, 26 October 2013  
Maison de l'architecture 9:00 Chapter meeting  
10:30 Coffee  
11:00 Presentation: Jean-Paul Viguier, Hon. FAIA talks about tall buildings of Paris   1
12:00 Presentation: "Paris & New York: Visual Identity, Architecture and Museums" by Gwenaëlle de Kerret and Rick Bell, FAIA   1
13:00 Light lunch  
Google map 14:30 Walking tour: Leave the Maison de l’Architecture, in the former “Recollets” convent, with Carsten Hanssen, Int'l Assoc. AIA and follow the Saint Martin canal to the Parc de la Villette and the building site of the new Philharmonic hall of Paris.   2.5
17:00 End of conference. Return to city center by Métro Porte de Pantin (line 5) or Métro Corentin Cariou (line 7)  
Note a On Friday, attendees must attend both the Les Halles 10:30 presentation and the building tour to earn 3 LUs   2.5
Note b On Friday, attendees must attend both the Islamic Wing 11:45 presentation and the afternoon building tour to earn 2.5 LUs   3
Note c On Saturday, attendees must attend both the Fondation Louis Vuitton 9:00 presentation and the building tour to earn 3 LUs   3
Note d On Saturday, attendees must attend both the Carpe Diem 11:00 presentation and the building tour to earn 3 LUs   3
AIA CES learning units (full conference registration)   19
Monday, 27 October 2013  
Those staying longer in Paris are encouraged to purchase tickets for a Monday, 27 October visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton. No organized Monday visit is being planned at this time.  

Venue

Hotels

The conference hotel is the Saint James Albany on the rue de Rivoli, métro Tuileries. Friday and Saturday programs start at this location and all venues are easily accessible from here by public transit or on foot.

A block of rooms is being held until 23 30 August 12 September 2014. The rate for a Standard double, with breakfast buffet is 242,00 €, tax included. Use the "couponing" (or IATA) code "AIA" during booking. (If you have not entered a date between 20-26 October, you will see a prompt to "Search for available dates". Click on this and you will be able to select the appropriate dates in October.) Booking with the code allows for a "Free cancellation 30 days prior to arrival."

As a premiere tourist and conference destination, Paris has no shortage of hotels at all price points. Attendees are encouraged to use their usual sources should the Saint James Albany not fit their taste or requirements.

Transit

Public transit is provided by the RATP. Single ride tickets are available as are a number of options for multiple ride passes. The best value is likely to be the purchase of a "carnet" of single ride tickets. Single ride tickets are good for transfers from one bus to another within 90 minutes of validation.

Please note that attendee registration packages will include single-use tickets for transit when mentioned specifically during the course of the day in the program. We will not be providing additional tickets for use to or from the conference hotel, or end-of day venues.

Tickets must be validated and riders must keep their ticket until they exit the station. Some stations require a ticket to exit the station.

Transit from the airport is avialable by commuter rail (the RER) and by bus. Most international flights arrive at CDG (known locally as "Roissy"). Cab fare will vary depending on traffic. Taxis are available from an official taxi queue; unofficial drivers will often approach upon exiting the terminal — not recommended.

Pickpocketing has been on the rise, even at the terminus of the Roissybus at the Opéra Garnier.

While the RATP has their own app for smart phones, attendees might consider the excellent Citymapper app, available on the AppStore and Google play. Also recommended is the Transit app.

Uber also serves Paris but note that the Parisian taxis are of high quality and are allowed to navigate within the bulk of the dedicated bus lanes, avoiding traffic jams under the right circumstances.

Map

Questions

The language of the conference is english.

Registration will open in August 2014.

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