Paris Projet n°40 - Paris, a Metropolis on the Seine

The first Paris Plage created a real sensation in 2002. The embankment roads, which had been “confiscated” by cars during the year, became a special leisure space to the inhabitants of the metropolitan area over the period of one summer.

Pont Alexandre-III, development and use projects © Apur - JCh Choblet

The success that this renewed operation has brought is a forceful reminder of the attachment that our city dwellers have for the Seine… and of the possibilities to reinvent it.

This collective work, written by Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (Apur), puts the development of the banks’ usage back in its historical context underlining the connections that unite Paris and its river. It presents the embankment roads’ redevelopment project, unveiled by Bertrand Delanoë in April 2010, which will be implemented as soon as 2011 in the form of experimentation and small-scale developments with three objectives: to return the banks to pedestrians, to diversify the utilisation of the river and to organise a range of activities relating to sports, culture and nature.

Finally, this work presents the projects that place the Seine in the centre of the metropolitan area of Paris.

Preface by Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris

Table of contents:


Once upon a time the Seine

  • Before the 19th century, Paris, a capital on the Seine
  • 19th, 20th centuries, Paris distances itself from its river
  • The turning point of the 2000s, the Seine, a renewed subject of attention

Paris and its river at the beginning of the 21st century

  • The Seine between uses and landscapes
  • A project to re-establish links between the city and the river

The metropolis by the river

  • At the confluence of the Seine and the Marne
  • Bercy-Charenton and Masséna-Bruneseau, a river gateway
  • From Austerlitz to Gare de Lyon, the river and its railway
  • The “modern” stretch from Maison de la Radio to the Front-de-Seine
  • The large loop from the embankment of Issy les Moulineaux to Pont de Sèvres
  • The “natural” embankment of the Bois de Boulogne


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