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This report presents the results of an October, 2011, fact-finding study in Paris, France, to evaluate three new projects within the central city area, now in development in part as the result of recently liberalized planning restrictions on tall buildings.
A fact-finding delegation from the Council for European Urbanism (CEU) investigated the projects and the sponsors’ claims in cooperation with SOS-Paris, a long-established Parisian architectural preservation group. The delegation came with no preconceptions and stipulated that the CEU would reach conclusions as an expert group. The delegation visited two of the sites, in the 13th and 17th arrondissements, where lower buildings are under construction, but work on the tallest buildings has not yet begun, and studied planning literature for the third site, where no construction has taken place.
The fact-finding delegation evaluated these projects in light of specific claims made by city officials and project supporters whose aim is to justify a major change in urban development policy for this world heritage city.