Le Groupe Moniteur
is a French company which helps
establish links between the construction and development industries and the communities in which they work. It is also the owner of the Librairie Le Moniteur
- a highly specialized bookstore located a stone’s throw away from the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Théâtre du Odeon.
Filled with books on architecture, urban planning,
landscaping and interior design, the Librairie Le Moniteur
is one the largest specialized bookstores in Paris
(and certainly the largest bookstore specializing in
books on the topic that I’ve seen)...
A few weeks ago, l'EPAD, the government body responsible for developing Paris’ La Défense district, announced the completion of an international tender for the construction of a new high-rise tower (La Tour Signal). The project went
to Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
The revered French architect (who is the winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize) beat out several well-known colleagues, including Jacques Ferrier Architectures,
Foster+Partners, Studio Libeskind, and Wilmotte et Associés...
You may remember the tragic accident at the Paris
Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E four years ago.
A large part of its glass roof collapsed killing
four people and injuring several others.
Well, it only took four years and about 150M€ for engineers to
fix the damn roof, but they finally did it. A couple of weeks ago first
scheduled flights started using the terminal...
It's only natural that any project signed by Philippe Starck
guarantees attention to an establishment, whether it be
a hotel, restaurant or a high-rise apartment tower.
But now the maestro seems to be making space for another
family member – his daughter Ara.
In the latest example, she was charged with the only truly "artistic" part of
a restaurant renovation project for Le Meurice hotel, while
her famous father was busy desgnining the 600+ pieces of furniture
that went into the restaurant.
When you feel like having a coffee in a classic
Left Bank café setting but shudder at the thought of
neighboring a group of starry-eyed tourists (which is almost
inevitable if you go to either the Café de Flore or
Les Deux Magots), we have an alternative suggestion.
A few blocks away from the two oh-so-atmospheric
stalwarts of Parisian café life sits a slightly
less frequented establishment: Le Rouquet...