PROMENADE PLANTEE [PARIS, FRANCE]

Location: Paris, France [MAP]
Designer: Jacques Vergely & Philippe Mathieux1.
Project Type: Public Garden
Completion Date: 1993
Visited: 13.07.2012
Access: On foot, up a flight of stairs / elevator

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With only a few hours left in Paris, but an endless amount of curiosity, the Promenade Plantee was discovered.

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An old disused elevated railway track back in the 90’s was transformed by Jacques Vergely and Philippe Mathieux1, into a public park. The park stretches 2.9 miles and connects Opéra Bastille to boulevard Périphérique1.

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The park itself is very charming and appealing, one of the original railway conversion parks, now we see projects such as the High Line, that has quite a different characteristic. The Promenade feels more like your back garden, planting is more low key but beautifully executed.DSC_0197 DSC_0198 DSC_0200 DSC_0201

From the road there are modern shop units installed under the train arches, which is a great piece of recycled (in the context of reuse – an exisiting structure, reduce – resources being used, recycle – produce new from old) architecture, but gaze a bit further up and you see tree branches and greenery poking over the top, causing the SGA radar to kick in.

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1) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promenade_plantée

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