Learning from Paris: how the French capital is reinventing itself

Thursday 3rd March, 2016 | 18.30-20.30

The Leadenhall Building,
122 Leadenhall Street,

It has been described as an “urban experiment of unprecedented magnitude” but could the Reinvent Paris competition act as a blueprint for London?

While the London Land Commission has recently identified numerous publicly-owned sites for redevelopment, plans for the land’s disposal is focused on securing the best price and planning permission rather than looking for new ideas that could help transform ways of building and living in the city.

But Paris has taken the opposite tack.

When the Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo launched the Reinvent Paris competition in 2014, she called it “an historic moment that no other city in the world has dared do”.

This week the city announced the 22 winners and on March 3rd, Marion Waller will give the first London talk on the Reinvent Paris competition explaining its background, what it hopes to achieve, how the process is working so far and lessons for the future.

She will be showing a selection of the winning schemes and the reasons why they were successful.

The talk will be introduced by RSHP partner, Stephen Barrett, who has been project leader for two large mixed use masterplans in Paris as well numerous other projects in France.

Please note, numbers are limited and you will need to bring photo ID due to security at the Leadenhall Building.


Marion Waller is the lead advisor on the Réinventer Paris competition and an advisor to Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor in charge of Urban Planning, Architecture, Attractiveness, Economic Development and the Greater Paris Projects.