PHOTOS: Green Paris of 2030?

PHOTOS: Green Paris of 2030?
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April 17, 2009--A suburb to the southeast of Paris boasts high-rises lush with greenhouses and rooftop gardens in a concept design by Parisian architecture and urban planning firm Castro Denissof Casi. The buildings would be powered in part by wind and solar energy and connected to the city center by elevated rapid transit.

This vision of a future Paris is among designs recently submitted to French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who last year called on ten of the region's top planning firms to imagine the city circa 2030 so that it could claim to be the most green and environmentally sustainable in the world.

The groups' resulting ideas and sketches will be part of a new exhibit called "Le Grand Paris" opening at the City of Architecture and Heritage (Citi de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine) museum on April 30.

--Mark Anderson

—Image courtesy Atelier Castro Denissof Casi
 
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