Paris' Sci-Fi Urban Utopia 360

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Born of a theoretical utopia and dubbed a new French “City in Space”, the Espaces Abraxas in Noisy-le-Grand were designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill in the late 70s and early 80s. The aim was to mix social classes and build a theatrical landmark. These 19-story buildings consist of 610 apartments in what looks like a surreal ocean of concrete. Ricardo Bofill recently stated in an interview with Le Monde that he believed he could change the city, but in the end, “nothing happened”. In retrospect, he acknowledged these areas have suffered a lack of community spirit, emphasized by the closed nature of the structure. There has been talks about demolition for some time, but it always meet resident’s opposition. They feel home here.
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