If you have ever been driving in Paris, you must surely know that Place de L'Etoile is the most stressful roundabout around here. Well, the nightmare might soon be over!
The exhibition "Champs Elysées, histoire & perspective", showcases the work of Philippe Chiambaretta together with fifty searchers, scientists, artists, architects, and historians. The goal of this study was to understand the evolution of this famous avenue, it's current usage by Parisians, and think about possible developments.
The most famous avenue in the world abandoned by Parisians
First imagined by Le Nôtre in 1664, officially baptised "Champs-Elysées" in 1709, and then arranged by Jacques-Ignace Hittorff and Adolphe Alphand during the XIX century, the Champs-Elysées is the most famous avenue in the world today. However, out of the 100,000 pedestrians that daily walk down the avenue, only 5% are Parisians.
Most of the Parisians don't like the avenue anymore. According to the study IFOP 2019, 39% of the Parisians have a "bad image" of the avenue, considering this latter as "noisy", "touristy", and "stressful".
The Champs-Elysées Committee is convinced that this only demonstrates a need for change, which is why they asked Philippe Chiambaretta and his agency to work on a proposition.
A collaborative approach towards the future
But thinking about the future can't be done without the help and opinion of the Parisians themselves. In order to get everyone to participate into the debate, Parisians are asked to give speak their mind on the public website Make.org.
So, if you live in Paris and speak French, you know what to do this afternoon!