Between terrorist killings, flooding, never-ending strikes
and Parisians feeling like they've lost their joie de vivre,
it's easy to get caught up in depressing bad news.
Not to mention the stuff here at home.
I choose here to focus on positive highlights.
And a bit of exciting news:
In February this year,
23 teams were selected to create architectural projects
to reinvent the future of Paris.
According to ArchDaily, Reinventer.paris,
an urban initiative
working with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to reinvent city life,
put out a call for submissions
for innovative ideas and cutting edge designs.
Looking to solve some of Paris' environmental, energy and consumption challenges,
including finding new use for abandoned spaces,
it will be fascinating to see what kind of creativity springs up around Paris
with an eye toward the future.
I love the designs that endeavor to put a garden
in every inch of available space.
to see design photos for yourself.
(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)