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What Will Come of the Competition to Reinvent Paris?

Jean‑Louis Missika, deputy mayor of Paris, talks about his passion project—a design competition for underutilized spaces—and why he believes shared spaces are the future of the city.
A winning proposal for the Clichy Batignolles site in Northern Paris, during a prior Reinvent Paris.
A winning proposal for the Clichy Batignolles site in Northern Paris, during a prior Reinvent Paris.Mairie de Paris

Jean‑Louis Missika, deputy mayor of Paris, believes that the City on the Seine must undergo a transformation. I talked to Missika, who is in charge of Paris’s urban planning and architecture, about his passion project, Réinventer Paris (Reinvent Paris). The competition asks urban designers to propose innovative uses for underutilized city spaces, most of which are at least partially underground. Below are the edited highlights of our interview during reSITE 2017 in Prague this summer.

What makes your call for projects, Réinventer Paris, different?