2050 Paris Smart City

Paris is a legendary city, with many sights, parks and cobblestone streets, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The inhabitants of Paris are so accustomed to the look of their city, any changes are met by them without much enthusiasm and sometimes even with a flurry of criticism. However, the question is already being raised about the future of Paris: whether it should remain a city-museum or change using the most daring ideas and advanced technologies.

The studio of the architect Vincent Callebaut presented its vision of the future image of Paris. By order of the Paris municipality, the studio’s specialists developed a project to improve the ecology of the city «Paris Smart City 2050». The main goal of the program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the capital by 75% by 2050. As conceived by the developers, eight types of towers will appear in Paris, which will simultaneously perform several functions at once, depending on their location.

In Paris’ historic center: «MOUNTAIN TOWERS»

Rue Rivoli, 1st arrondissement

Solar and hydrodynamic plant towers. The project aims to triple the number apartments on each Parisian island, and to densify and make this type of urban planning more natural.

Mountain towers
Фото: Vincent Callebaut

Paris’ little belt: «ANTISMOG TOWERS»

14th arrondissement

Apartment blocks covered with plants and greenery and with an architectural flare, along a 23-km eco-corridor.

Antismog towers
Фото: Vincent Callebaut

Central Park in Paris: «PHOTOSYNTHESIS TOWERS»

Tour Montparnasse, 15th arrondissement

A central park spiraling upwards, with green algae bio-facades covering the Montparnasse tower and the building C and the Express Tower.

Photosynthesis towers
Фото: Vincent Callebaut

A new field of social innovation: «BAMBOO NEST TOWERS»

Ensemble Massena, 13th arrondissement

This project aims to make the thirteen tower blocks of apartments in Massena (the highest concentration of towers of Paris) more natural. The thermodynamic towers covered in greenery will have vegetable garden balconies, and the residents will grow their own organic food.

Bamboo nest towers
Фото: Vincent Callebaut

Apartments to make bees jealous: «HONEYCOMB TOWERS»

Porte des Lilas, 20th arrondissement

A hive of apartments offering to double the height of buildings using this parasitic architecture. These apartments are eco-friendly and will have vegetable gardens and hanging orchards.

Honeycomb towers
Фото: Vincent Callebaut

The farm in the city: «FARMSCRAPERS TOWERS»

Porte d’Aubervilliers, 19th arrondissement

This vertical farm will recreate the countryside at the edge of the city. This part of Paris will reduce transport use and make public and private spaces more natural.

Farmscraper towers
Фото: Vincent Callebaut

Apartments in an urban Mangrove «MANGROVE TOWERS»

Gare du nord, 10th arrondissement

These branched, light-sensitive towers will be located directly above the platforms of the Gare du Nord. They will be home to offices, hotels and apartments for international and traveling clients.

Mangrove towers
Фото: Vincent Callebaut

Apartments with zero waste and zero carbon emissions: «BRIDGE TOWERS»

Pont Aval, 16th arrondissement and Pont Amont, 12th arrondissement.

These bridges covered in amphibian apartments will span the Seine on the Pont Amon and the Pont Aval. They represent a new kind of urban and social innovation in terms of collective housing.

Вridge towers
Фото: Vincent Callebaut

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