Paris 2024 have presented their vision of achieving innovative and sustainable development in the French capital city as part of their Olympic legacy at the property exhibition MIPIM.
The exhibition in Cannes saw Paris share details of their technical project, which bid leaders claim is compact and sustainable.
Paris 2024 stated that their vision is to revitalize liveable spaces for the people of the region, as well as accelerating development in areas of Greater Paris.
The ambition is to meet the expectations and needs of a young and fast growing population after the 2024 Olympic Games.
“The candidacy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a tremendous opportunity to accelerate the urban transformation of an entire community in Greater Paris,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris.
“It will leave a shared legacy for Paris and the metropolis, both material and non-material, and in all areas: sport, environment, mobility and accessibility.
“The Games represent an exceptional project for Paris to design a new way of developing the city: Innovative, intelligent and sustainable.
“One of the best examples of this is the improvement of the quality of the River Seine, allowing competitions to be held in 2024 and swimming for the general public as a legacy.”
The exhibition was attended by around 23,000 participants from 89 countries, with Paris 2024 represented by representatives and official partners of the bid.
Paris 2024 claim that despite 95 percent of their venues already existing or being temporary structures, the Games would represent a opportunity to shape Greater Paris through the regeneration of numerous sites.
They highlighted their Athletes’ Villages and the Media Village, stating that they will create 4,500 new forms of accommodation for the local population.
The Athletes’ Village is also asserted to offer 10 hectares of gardens and three hectares of urban agriculture on the rooftops, highlighting the sustainable nature of the project.
“It was great to be a part of MIPIM and meet so many investors and developers interested in learning about and sharing in the Paris’ ambition to create genuinely sustainable Games and innovative urban regeneration project,” said Bernard Lapasset, co-chair of Paris 2024.
“We are committed to delivering a Games that will benefit our communities and we believe our sustainable and innovative project, which includes the regeneration of Seine-Saint-Denis with the construction of an Athletes’ Village, a Media Village, an aquatics center and enhanced transport links adapted to the development needs of this young, diverse and dynamic community, will leave a lasting social impact on its inhabitants.”
Paris face the challenge of Los Angeles for the right to stage the 2024 Olympic Games, with a decision set to be made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at their Session in Lima on September 13.
By Michael Pavitt
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz.