Lilypad-loving Belgian architect and futurist Vincent Callebaut was recently commissioned by Paris City Hall to research the future role of high-rise architecture in the French metropolis. Callebaut's resulting proposal for eight different types of towers that could make Paris a "smart city" by 2050 is characteristically otherworldly-looking, brilliant, and nature-focused (and almost definitely beyond the capabilities of today's builders). Many of the buildings generate energy through nifty green façades and solar panels; some produce food, others filter smog, and many reappropriate the city's existing structures, like the Gare Du Nord train station and the much-despised Montparnasse Towers. In all, it's a virtuosic exercise in city planning.
· Vincent Callebaut Devises Smart-Towers for the Future of Paris [Design Boom]
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