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"this way to grand paris!”

40 DESTINATIONS TO SEE PARIS ON A GRAND SCALE!

29 June 2019 - 05 November 2019 First signage for Grand Paris designed by Enlarge Your Paris and Magasins Généraux,
developed within the Pavillon de l’Arsenal’s accelerator FAIRE 

43 panels mounted throughout the city of Paris from June 29 to the Nuit Blanche on October 5, 2019.

Eleven kilometers separate the 22 ha Luxembourg garden from the 180 ha Parc de Sceaux. Ten kilometers separate Notre-Dame from the Basilica of Saint-Denis, the burial ground of the kings and queens of France. And twelve kilometers separate the center of Paris from the Parc de Saint-Cloud, which is bigger than Central Park. However, these destinations, which are all close to one another and which are easily accessible by bicycle or public transportation, are not yet part of Parisians’ regular repertoire.

To see Paris on a grand scale, the local news outlet Enlarge your Paris and Magasins Généraux, a creative center founded by BETC in Pantin, are installing the first signage for Grand Paris within Paris. This project, selected through FAIRE’s call for innovative urban projects, invites Parisians and tourists to see past the boulevard périphérique ring road and discover the riches that await them there.

With this project, Enlarge your Paris and the Magasins Généraux are extending their partnership that began in 2018 with the publication of the Guide for Grand Parisians, which seeks to foster a sense of Paris and its immediate suburbs as being a unified, shared space. This first signage for Grand Paris, called “This Way to Grand Paris!”, was developed within FAIRE, the accelerator for innovative architectural and urban planning projects launched by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in conjunction with the City of Paris and with the support of the Caisse des Dépôts and the automotive manufacturer MINI. 

43 panels will hang from June 29 until October 5, 2019, the night of the 2019 Nuit Blanche. The panels indicate the destination, distance by bicycle and the travel time on public transportation, the arriving station, and a caption describing the destination. 

In this metropolitan signage project, each destination within Grand Paris is associated with a site located within the city walls: the Basilica of Saint-Denis, burial ground of the kings and queens of France and a jewel of Gothic architecture, with Notre-Dame; the forest of Fontainebleau and its 500 km of hiking paths, with the Renée Dumont greenway in Paris’ 12th arrondissement; Auvers-sur-Oise, a source of inspiration for the Impressionists, with the Musée d’Orsay; The French Air and Space Museum, which hosts two Concordes, with the Musée des Arts et Métiers, where visitors can see Avion 3, one of the world’s first flying machines.

Find all of the signage on the interactive map available at paricilegrandparis.fr 


 “This ‘metropolitan signage’ is the perfect embodiment of the Grand Paris that we are building; it erases the barrier of the ring road, creates continuity between various localities, and heightens their complementarity. To strengthen the connections between public gardens, cultural establishments, and recreational areas at a metropolitan scale, inciting the curiosity and encouraging the mobility of all residents of Grand Paris and tourists, this is the kind of signage that we hope to develop past this experimental phase.”  – Jean-Louis Missika, Mayoral Deputy of the City of Paris responsible for urban planning, architecture, Grand Paris, and economic and esthetic development

“Grand Paris is the name we are giving today to the Paris of tomorrow. It is Grand Paris that will elevate Paris to the status of a global metropolis; with the change in scale, we will go from 2 to 7 million inhabitants, and we will multiply the synergies between people, neighborhoods, professions, and social, cultural, economic, entrepreneurial, and environmental initiatives. But today, Grand Paris remains a vague, distant notion for most Parisians and residents of the Ile-de-France. How can we construct a mental map of this territory that people are still struggling to envision? By highlighting points of interest on both sides of the boulevard périphérique ring road, the signage for Grand Paris represents a first step in tackling this challenge.” – Enlarge your Paris & the Magasins Généraux

“Our ambition for this metropolitan signage is to create a network of “strongholds” in everyone’s vision of Grand Paris and to encourage a sense of recreation and leisure that extends past the barriers of certain kinds of infrastructure.” - The Pavillon de l’Arsenal

43 DESTINATIONS SITUATED WITHIN PARIS

MAISON LA ROCHE / VILLA SAVOYE
“Le Corbusier’s century-old work” 1:20 on the Transilien train – 26 km by bike

PALAIS DE TOKYO / MAGASINS GÉNÉRAUX
“A new center for creation at the water’s edge” 50 min by metro – 12 km by bike

NOTRE-DAME / BASILICA OF SAINT-DENIS
“The burial ground of the kings and queens of France” 45 min by metro – 32 km by bike

MUSÉE D’ORSAY / AUVERS-SUR-OISE

“Van Gogh’s canvases in real life” 1:30 on the Transilien train – 30 km by bike

MUSÉE MARMOTTAN / ILE DES IMPRESSIONNISTES

“Dive into Monet’s landscapes”  50 min by RER – 11 km by bike

FONDATION HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON / MAISON DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE ROBERT DOISNEAU
“Humanist photography, full frame” 40 min by RER – 8 km by bike

JARDIN DES PLANTES / POTAGER DU ROI

“One of the oldest vegetable gardens in France,” 1 hr by RER – 20 km by bike

BASSIN DE LA VILLETTE / VAGUE À SURF
“CATCH A WAVE IN GRAND PARIS” 1:40 by RER – 34 km by bike

TOUR SAINT-JACQUES / COLLÉGIALE NOTRE-DAME
“ A gothic jewel along the Seine” 1:15 on the Transilien train – 55 km by bike

BOULEVARD PARIS 13 / VITRY
“As colorful as the ones in the 13th arrondissement” 45 min by RER – 7 km by bike

BANKS OF THE SEINE / THE MEDIEVAL CITY OF PROVINS
“A Journey to the Middle Ages” 1:45 on the Transilien train – 88 km by bike

BANKS OF THE SEINE / CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES
“A collector’s piece” 55 min by RER – 21 km by bike

BANKS OF THE SEINE / CHÂTEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU
“The true residence of kings” 1:20 on the Transilien train – 68 km by bike

PAVILLON DE L’ARSENAL / LA FABRIQUE DU MÉTRO
“A full-scale replica of the future Grand Paris Express” 50 min by metro – 10 km by bike

PARIS CITY CENTER / A NOT-CENTRAL PARK
“The Parc de Saint-Cloud, 120 hectares bigger than Central Park” 50 min by metro – 10 km by bike

PARC DES BUTTES CHAUMONT / PARC GEORGES-VALBON
“17 times bigger than Buttes-Chaumont” 45 min by RER – 9 km by bike

PARC DE LA VILLETTE / PARC DE LA POUDRERIE
“A blast of a park 4 times the size of La Villette” 45 min by RER – 14 km by bike

MUSÉE RODIN, PARIS / MUSÉE RODIN, MEUDON
“At home with the sculptor” 40 min on the Transilien train – 8 km by bike

MUSÉE MARMOTTAN / CAILLEBOTTE ESTATE

“Up close and personal with the Impressionists” 1:20 by RER – 7 km by bike

MUSÉE DES ARTS ET MÉTIERS / MUSÉE DE L’AIR ET DE L’ESPACE
“From the first planes to the Arianne rocket” 50 min by RER – 11 km by bike

MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY / NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM
“The time-travelling chateau” 50 min by RER – 20 km by bike

MUSEUM OF THE ARMY / WORLD WAR I MUSEUM
“Everything you ever wanted to know about World War I” 1:40 on the Transilien train – 56 km by bike

SHOAH MEMORIAL, PARIS / SHOAH MEMORIAL, DRANCY
“The other Shoah memorial site” 60 min by metro – 15 km by bike

MAISON VICTOR HUGO / MAISON DE CHATEAUBRIAND
“A dream villa in Châtenay-Malabry” 65 min by RER – 15 km by bike

MAISON VICTOR HUGO / CHÂTEAU DE MONTE-CRISTO
“The Count’s lair, as imagined by Alexandre Dumas in Port-Marly” 1:10 by RER – 25 km by bike

LAC DAUMESNIL / LAC D’ENGHIEN
“The Riviera of Grand Paris” 50 min on the Transilien train – 20 km by bike

THE LUTÈCE AREA / THE MEDICI AQUEDUCT
“The Pont du Gard redux” 26 min by RER – 7 km by bike

ILE SAINT-LOUIS / ILE SAINT-GERMAIN“Paradise lost, but easy to find” 40 min by RER – 11 km by bike

RENÉ-DUMONT GREENWAY / FOREST OF FONTAINEBLEAU
500 km of hiking paths” 45 min on the Transilien train – 60 km by bike

FONTAINE STRAVINSKY / PARVIS DE LA DÉFENSE
“An art gallery stretching across more than 3 hectares” 25 min by RER – 9 km by bike

CENTRE POMPIDOU / MAC VAL
“Contemporary art in France since the 1950s” 45 min by metro – 10 km by bike

MONTMARTRE / BUTTE DES CHATAIGNIERSPanoramic view of Grand and little Paris” 55 min on the Transilien train – 15 km by bike

MONTMARTRE / BUTTE D’ORGEMONT
“The rooftop of Grand Paris” 60 min on the Transilien train – 14 km by bike

BOIS DE VINCENNES / PARC NATUREL OISE – PAYS DE FRANCE
“20,000 hectares of forest” 1:15 by RER – 42 km by bike

BOIS DE VINCENNES / PARC NATUREL DU GÂTINAIS FRANCAIS
“The land of a thousand forest glades” 1 hr by RER – 38 km by bike

BOIS DE VINCENNES / PARC NATUREL DU VEXIN FRANCAIS
“The gateway to Normandy” 1:40 on the Transilien train – 57 km by bike

BOIS DE VINCENNES / PARC NATUREL DE LA HAUTE VALLÉE DE CHEVREUSE
“81 times the size of the Bois de Vincennes” 1:10 by RER – 37 km by bike

BASTILLE / SALLE DU JEU DE PAUME
“From the tennis’ precursor to human rights” 1 hr by RER – 22 km by bike

BASSIN DE LA VILLETTE / STREET ART AVENUE
“AN ART GALLERY ALONG THE CANAL SAINT-DENIS” 15 min by metro – 2 km by bike

MUSEE DES ARCHIVES NATONALES / ARCHIVES NATIONALES
“France’s hard drive” 50 min by metro – 11 km by bike

LUXEMBOURG GARDEN / PARC DE SCEAUX
“8 times the size of the Luxembourg Garden” 22 min by RER – 11 km by bike

THE LANDSCAPES OF AUVERS-SUR-OISE
“Van Gogh’s canvases in real life” 1:30 on the Transilien train – 30 km by bike