MVRDV redesign of Europes largest urban shopping center breaks ground in France

March 14, 2018 by  
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Construction has kicked off on Lyon Part-Dieu, MVRDV’s competition-winning design for Europe’s largest downtown shopping center that promises much more than retail therapy. Conceived as an antidote to the existing mall’s car-centered design, the new shopping center will emphasize the public realm with a human scale and pedestrian friendly experience. The mall will be integrated into the urban fabric and bring in greenery with landscaped areas from the ground floor to the public green roof. Founded in 1975 in the 3rd arrondissement of Lyon , the 166,000-square-meter Lyon Part-Dieu shopping center is now undergoing a contemporary makeover. “Lyon Part-Dieu, we draw this facade with big pixels which we hope will give a more human scale not just to the mall, but the whole site,” says Winy Maas, MVRDV co-founder. “In 2020, Lyon Part-Dieu will be both a place for everyday life and shopping, but also culture and relaxation in a reinvented setting.’’ The most eye-catching element of the redesign is the “ pixelated ” facade where the facade subtly transitions from concrete to glass to open the interior up to the outdoors. The concrete facade will also be covered in “depolluting coating” to improve outdoor air quality . Related: MVRDV unveils solar-powered Milestone building that looks like a crystal rock While retail will reign king at Lyon Part-Dieu, the new mall also offers plenty for the non-shopper including restaurants, cinema, and public parks. Big outdoor stairwells and escalators provide access to the public green roof and park. The project is slated for completion in 2020 and the buildings will remain open during construction. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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Giant green roof to top MVRDV’s redesign of Lyon’s iconic Part-Dieu mall

March 1, 2016 by  
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French architects unveil exciting ‘inside-out’ design for a bio-climatic office building

November 24, 2015 by  
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Scientists discover 308-million-year-old tropical forest in the Arctic

November 24, 2015 by  
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A recent study published in the journal Geology shared some surprising findings : the icy landscape of Svalbard, Norway was once home to an ancient tropical forest. A group of researchers from Cardiff University found fossilized tree stumps belonging to lycopsids , a tropical tree, during the course of field work in the area. Read the rest of Scientists discover 308-million-year-old tropical forest in the Arctic

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Grass pyramids hide an unexpected museum underneath

November 24, 2015 by  
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Porsche confirms plans for a 911 Hybrid, but an all-electric 911 isn’t in the cards

November 24, 2015 by  
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In the not too distant future almost every automaker is going to electrify their lineups with plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, but what does that mean for the future of iconic cars, like the Porsche 911? Porsche recently previewed a future fully-electric car with the Mission E concept and now Porsche has confirmed that it is working on a hybrid electric powertrain for the 911. Read the rest of Porsche confirms plans for a 911 Hybrid, but an all-electric 911 isn’t in the cards

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Lyon’s green-roofed electrical substation extension disappears into the landscape

October 9, 2015 by  
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French Artists Create An Aquarium Telephone Booth For Lyon’s Festival of Light

July 18, 2012 by  
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French lighting designer Benoit Deseille and artist Benedetto Bufalino’s aquarium is probably one of the craziest phone booth transformations we’ve seen! As phone booths become less and less useful individuals and organizations have undertaken to convert the outdated communication systems into everything from libraries to wifi hotspots . But this particular renovated phone booth was installed in Lyon, France as part of the city’s annual  Festival of Light during which locals place candles along the outsides of all the windows in gratitude to Mother Mary for allegedly sparing the city from plague in 1643. Read the rest of French Artists Create An Aquarium Telephone Booth For Lyon’s Festival of Light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquarium , Art , benedetto bufalino , benoit deseille , cellphone , cities , Climate Change , culture , Design , Environment , festival of light , fish , food , france , good pets , image of the day , Light , lyon , phone booth , Recycle , reuse

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New Study Shows Urban Cycling Is Faster Than Driving

December 3, 2010 by  
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Image Credit iguide For all those politicians who think that roads are for cars, here are some interesting data from Lyon, France: bikes are faster. According to MIT’s Technology Review (via Grist ) the Lyon bike sharing programme collects information on where each bike starts and stops, and how long it takes.

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