Salut Paris – Reclaiming the urban voids of Paris

Salut Paris – Reclaiming the urban voids of Paris

Paris, the capital of France has been inhabited since the beginning of 3rd Century BC along the banks of river Seine. It started as the hub of the trading center which eventually led to its growth as a metropolis.By mid-18th Century, it became densely populated with a cityscape that had not changed since the middle ages. Napoleon III hired Hausmann for one of the largest urban transformations. Consequently, he built the first transport network encircling Paris, transforming it from a medieval town to an industrial center of the 19th Century.This railway network, known as Petite Ceinture, initially made for transporting goods, functioned for over 70 years (1862 to 1934), making a tremendous impact on the development of industry during this course. During the overlap of a better urban transportation network, the existing railway line Petite Ceinture encircling the city became defunct as people opted for a faster option. and by the year 1934, it was officially shut. It turned the railway line space and stations into urban voids.

Short Description

The challenge here is to design and augment a part of the public space by converting it into community platform near the historical Ornano St. which has a pre-existing garden and Restaurant (Le Recyclerie and Jardins du Ruisseau) that attracts visitors and local commuters looking for a local collaborative area.



Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


Prize pool of worth 20,000$
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention x 12: 500$ Each

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

Minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.There is no restriction to the degree or design disciplines to participate in the challenge.Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.Maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens October 21, 2019
Registration Closes February 29, 2020
Deadline to Submit Project March 10, 2020
Winners announcement Date April 20, 2020



Location of Competition

France, Paris

Additional Information

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