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Reinventing Paris: 10 Radical Urban Designs

Reinventing Paris: 10 Radical Urban Designs

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo last year invited the world’s best architects to reinvent the city, with environmentally-friendly urban designs to transform sites such as public spaces and unloved tower blocks. The winning designs included a trio of new buildings in the 17th arrondissement which architects Nicolas Laisné Associés call ‘liveable gardens’.

Renaissance Florence Was a Better Model for Innovation than Silicon Valley Is

Renaissance Florence Was a Better Model for Innovation than Silicon Valley Is

Urban planners the world over yearn to replicate the success of Silicon Valley: witness Thames Valley (England) and Silicon Oasis (Dubai), to name just two of these attempts. Invariably, these well-intentioned efforts fail for the simple reason that they’re trying to replicate the wrong model. Silicon Valley is too new, too now, to glean lessons from.