MVRDV's extensive research project defines the new spatial agenda for the city, based on the ambitions as set and responsibilities to take as the French capital. The vision proposes a series of 17 large scale urban interventions that are based on an in-depth analysis of the city’s urban fabric, culture, its future programmatic needs and its spatial possibilities. “Pari(s) Plus Petit” is one of ten proposals by international architecture and urbanism teams to envision the future of the French capital and its vast agglomeration, commissioned by Nicolas Sarkozy.
Jeroen Zuidgeest has been in charge of the design development and project management at MVRDV.
“Pari(s) Plus” stands for more, by keeping the city compact: more ambition, more density, more efficiency, more ecology and more proximity. Future Greater Paris requires a strong combination of responsibility and ambition to ensure its competitivity and to enlarge its attractiveness. The response defines the spatial agenda for the city, based on ambitious and responsible strategies, translated into a series of 17 large scale interventions that are based on an analysis of the city’s urban fabric, culture, its future programmatic needs and available space. Together forming an integral package of measures for transport, nature, education, culture, social cohesion and renewable energy. The sum of all projects can avoid future sprawl and radically transform Paris into one of the densest, most compact and therefore sustainable high-quality cities in the world: “Paris Plus petit”.