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Paris beats London to garden bridge with linear park linking Place du Trocadéro with the Eiffel Tower

by Andrew Manns | 22 May 2019
Credit: Courtesy of Gustafson Porter + Bowman
Our proposal unites a celebration of history with an enhancement of the future.
– Kathryn Gustafson

The city of Paris has selected London-based landscape design practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman (GP+B) to lead a €72m (US$80.3m, £63.5m) expansion of the public realm around the Eiffel Tower.

Expected to dramatically enhance and diversify the visitor experience at the iconic building, the project will see a variety of new spaces created, including a green amphitheatre at the Place du Trocadéro and two plazas – one on each side of the Pont d'Iéna bridge – which will be greened and closed to traffic to create a garden bridge.

The reimagined space will feature walkways and cycling paths, as well as a green promenade that will link the Eiffel Tower, the Bir Hakeim bridge, and the Museé Quai Branly.

"Our scheme aims to breathe new life into a historic landscape, creating a 21st-century destination for one of Paris' largest parks," said Mary Bowman, partner at GP+B.

A number of design and engineering firms are also attached to the project, among which are exhibition specialists dUCKS Scéno, heritage architects Atelier Monchecourt & Co, and infrastructure consultancy Bollinger-Grohmann.

The development, which is being financed by the Eiffel Company, is expected to be completed ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

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The city of Paris has selected London-based landscape design practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman (GP+B) to lead a €72m (US$80.3m, £63.5m) expansion of the Eiffel Tower's surrounding public realm.
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