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CYC’s new col­lec­tion is in­spired by the dig­i­tal world and its style

GEN­TRI­FI­CA­TION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A DIRTY WORD, AT LEAST NOT FOR THESE EVOLV­ING SPA­CES

PARIS: AS THE CITY OF LIGHTS DIMS

If you looked at the world’s most vis­ited city from high above, what you’d see is un­com­mon ur­ban beauty. Be­yond its uni­formed façades, cen­turies-old architecture, and a his­tory more vi­brant than the gas lights it was named af­ter, is truly re­mark­able de­sign. Thanks to the com­plete ren­o­va­tion in the mid-19th cen­tury un­der Ge­orges-Eugène Hauss­mann, boule­vards were cre­ated that sliced through the city in ra­dial fash­ion, a stark con­trast to the right-an­gled in­ter­sec­tions of grid cities. While this is osten­si­bly a nav­i­ga­tional night­mare for a vis­i­tor, it in­ge­niously links up its iconic at­trac­tions.

This fea­ture how­ever doesn’t seem to be enough to bal­ance Parisians’ hap­pi­ness and the in­flux of tourists. It’s a strug­gle that re­mains hard fought. Crit­ics have sug­gested that Paris is slowly but surely trudg­ing down the route of Venice by hav­ing ho­tels and lux­ury apart­ments re­plac­ing fam­ily homes in neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs. Per­haps to ad­dress this, the Mayor of Paris Anne Hi­dalgo has launched a “Rein­vent Paris” ini­tia­tive, chal­leng­ing ar­chi­tects to re­vamp the cap­i­tal with the aim of pre­fig­ur­ing the Paris of the fu­ture. Hi­dalgo has called for ideas that fo­cus on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, de­seg­re­ga­tion and re­silience, and that “make the city even more at­trac­tive, ac­ces­si­ble and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly”. She knows this could lead to an ur­ban ex­per­i­ment of an un­prece­dented scale, but it’s cer­tainly a bold step to­wards moder­nity.

CLEAN­ING UP

Hi­dalgo pro­posed a ban on diesel mo­tors and stepped up cam­paigns to clear the streets of lit­ter, which had be­come an alarm­ing

re­al­ity in Paris.

GRAND CITY

Paris has been ex­pand­ing to in­clude more com­munes, three de­part­ments of the in­ner sub­urbs and seven of the outer sub­urbs, so as to de­velop ar­eas out­side

the city cen­tre.

IN DE­FENCE

If you some­how miss Sin­ga­pore when in Paris, go to La Défense, the fi­nan­cial dis­trict. Nearly no one ever talks about this part of Paris, but you might feel

right at home here.

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