Evolution of nature in Paris over 3 centuries, from 1730 to 2017

On offer - Put the place of nature in Paris from 1730 to 2017 into perspective via an interactive map.

Extract of the interactive map "Evolution of nature in Paris over 3 centuries, from 1730 to 2017" © Apur

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This tool makes it possible to compare the interactions between planted areas and built-up areas in Paris, over three centuries of urban transformation.

The cartography of these 6 periods (1730, 1830, 1900, 1930, 1975 and 2017) makes it easier to understand the evolution and particular characteristics of nature in Paris under two broad headings: on one hand, recreational nature (woods, parks and gardens), and on the other, productive nature (field crops, market gardens and arboriculture). 

The reference maps used can also be consulted using this tool. By analysing these maps, the way land has been used in Paris since 1730 can be observed in detail. In this way, the urban fabric of modern Paris can be studied and compared with that of the five dates covered.

This cartographic reconstruction was carried out by Apur within the framework of the research project NATURPRADI-Nature in Digital Practice-Nature en Pratique(s) Digitale(s)-. This work will form part of an “Atlas of Nature in the City” which will be published in 2019.