“Les Halles”

November 23, 2007

Development of the district of “Les Halles”.

It contains :
 – A renewed garden and a public space enlarged for the pedestrians
 – Accesses to the pole of transport and to the forum improved
 – The project called “Carreau” for the entrance of “les Halles”

The step of renovation.
It is this point which we are going to detail.
The “Forest canopy” is the project of two Parisian architects, Patric Berger and Jacques Anziutti, held by the international Competition for the renovation of the (1st) Forum of the Halle. The choice of techniques and matérieux environment-friendly are held in this project and will contribute to the sustainable development wished by all. For this project, an international competition of architecture was launched on October 31st, 2006.

 January 18th, 2007, the Mayor of Paris chaired the jury which selected 10 teams among 104 presented candidacies, 7 French and 3 foreigners. This selection includes teams internationally recognized, confirmed teams and promising teams: these teams are established by a team of proxy architects associated with several research departments.

The jury met again June 29th and held the project of the architects Patric Berger and Jacques Anziutti. The “Forest canopy” pulls its name of the top of trees in rain forests. It will print its silhouette in the future Forum of the Halle. A “greened” glass roof 11 metres high will cover the new building and this one will be in continuity with the outside garden.

A glass shell
The main front door on Paris (800 000 travelers a day) is going to benefit from a global renovation. The “Forest canopy” thus assures a continuity enter the garden of 4.3 ha and the new building. The room of exchanges with three lines of RER and 5 correspondences of subway will be totally restructured. Big novelty: a glass 11 metres in height shell partially “greened” will cover the public space. At night, the luminosity of the day will be restored to this patio thanks to techniques of photovoltaism. In the heart of the “Forest canopy”, three big halls will allow the circulation of the travelers and the walkers within “Les Halles”.

Great project isn’t it ?


October 19, 2007

I wanted to clarify to everybody the domain of our activities to the school. We are a school built around urban engineering. Our work: create the cities of tomorrow.

That is why I wanted to speak to you about a standard which really is very present in this domain: the High Environmental Quality.

Logo HEQ

The initiative HEQ exists in France since the 90s. It governs the construction of buildings ERP (public buildings welcoming of the public such as libraries, schools, etc.).

It defines the environmental standards to be respected during a construction. For it 14 targets are defined and must be respected so that the building can have the standard HEQ.

Here are 14 defined targets:
1. Relation of the building with its immediate environment
2. Choice integrated by products, systems and processes of construction
3. Construction site with weak environmental impact
Targets of eco-management
4. Management of the energy
5. Management of the water
6. Management of the waste of activities
7. Maintenance – Perpetuity of the environmental performances
Targets of Comfort
8. Comfort hygrothermique
9. Acoustic comfort
10. Visual comfort
11. Olfactive comfort
Targets of health
12. Sanitary quality of spaces
13. Sanitary quality of the air
14. Sanitary quality of the water

Why to build HEQ?

  • To reduce our ecological footprint;
  • Because we spend 80% of our time inside buildings;
  • For our well-being, because the quality of internal air influences our health;
  • Because the construction and the custom of these buildings consume a lot of energy and not renewable resources (40 % of the energy consumption in France) even when active and passive techniques of energy efficiency allow to decrease strongly energy consumptions and thus pollution and risk associates, for an improved comfort.

City-HQE projects, in world…

Diverse projects of éco-towns or vast districts HQE succeeded (“Mountain View” in California, “Hammerdy Sjöstat” in Sweden, “New Songdo City” in Korea, or still English Ecotowns notably inspired by the district of BedZed).
France took of the delay, but in the dynamics of Grenelle of the environment, in 2007, the idea to encourage the rehabilitation HQE and to build cities HQE renewed on themselves progressed. The Attali committee also has in 2007 suggested creating before 2012 at least ten ‘ ” Ecopolished ‘ “; new towns HQE, including 20 % of green spaces, favorable to the biodiversity, and which would shelter more than 50.000 inhabitants, by integrating a high level of NTIC, the local employment and a social coeducation, fed by the wind energy and the solar energy and playing the role of shop window and laboratory in energy sobriety and in water. The ecopolite remain criticized by some the NGO if they again have to contribute to the urban spreading and to increase the road network. These last ones wish a city rehabilitation HQE to densifier.

We are going to speak again in the future article of BedZed which are districts the most advanced in environment.


Tee Shirts : taste Strawberry !

October 8, 2007

Today, news about a nice website called laFraise. Here, you can find original, design, limited edition Tee Shirts. The concept is simple : any people may submit designs. Then they’re selected by votes : a popular one, and a juried panel – to be printed to a 500 Tees limited edition.

Tees are often funny, poetic, original, designed for girls – “la Fraise, Mademoiselle” – and so on ! Here is a link to this site. Visit it, comment it, enjoy it !



September 28, 2007

all is okHello everybody!
Not still of article but the science will soon come to infuse this blog.
Finally we are going to try!