The generic city

000_1504_MacDonald_02 - copie« This slice of the city may be made up of large isolated buildings, but it is far from being stuck, and is rather an urban architectural laboratory without precedent ,» so wrote the historian Henri Bresler in 2007 in a study commissioned into the warehouse district of Macdonald in Paris’ 19th arrondisment. Since then there has been a conversion project making the warehouse a bustling daily reality for the 3500 inhabitants, some 4000 workers and almost a 1000 college students, not to mention the 60,000 travelers who pass through the Rosa Parks regional metro and tramway hub. All this is the culmination of a nine-year process involving a string of owners and 15 teams of architects who brought to life the masterplan set in motion by OMA / Floris Alkemade. This transformation was hammered out through tight negotiations with public and private collaboration of a most dynamic nature. In 2016 the Caisse de dépôts, the Semavip and Icade decided to entrust A H A to oversee the creation of the presentation dossier and to organise a grand global tour for the press of the entire finished project.  « The Macdonald project enriches Paris thanks to its stimulating diversity and the typological insights it provides, » Bresler said. Was this a winning bet ?
 ANMA, AUC, Brenac et Gonzalez, Christian de Portzamparc, FAA+XDGA, Gigon/Guyer, Habiter autrement, Raphaëlle Hondelatte & Mathieu Laporte, Julien de Smedt, Kengo Kuma, François Leclercq / Marc Mimram, Stéphane Maupin, Studio Odile Decq.