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Keywords:

  • l'AUC Architects and Urbanists, Grand Paris Stimulé, Paris, 2008–09;
  • urbanism of substance;
  • ‘metropolitan climates’;
  • post-Kyoto issues;
  • metropolitan meta-collector;
  • Territory–Object–Density;
  • utilitarian territories;
  • 42º Chapelle International;
  • mixed-use neighbourhood;
  • ‘small office/home office’ programmes (SoHos);
  • MacDonald Student Residence;
  • warehouse development;
  • ICADE;
  • OMA;
  • FAA+XDGA;
  • ‘urbanistic boa constrictor’;
  • jigsaw facade;
  • ‘blue’ space;
  • double door system

Abstract

l'AUC Architects and Urbanists (François Decoster, Caroline Poulin and Djamel Klouche) advocate an approach to typological urbanism that they refer to as ‘urbanism of substance’. Here they describe three projects for Paris in which they have developed this strategy for maximising the intensity between local, metropolitan and global conditions.