Good news from Paris!

Proposed Triangle tower in Paris by Herzog & de Meuron. (BBC)

Proposed Triangle tower in Paris by Herzog & de Meuron. (BBC)

Bravo! The city council of Paris has voted narrowly to reject the proposal for a skyscraper in the city center. Le Tour Triangle, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, lost an 83 to 78 vote. Mayor Hidalgo, a Socialist, immediately challenged its validity on grounds that some of those who voted against it revealed their vote to the public. It does not seem to me that revealing the vote one cast oneself after the tally constitutes a violation of the right to a secret ballot. But this is France, not America. The fight is surely not over – the plug uglies won’t give up easily because of a mere vote – but a victory is a victory and a good excuse to lift a glass of Champagne and smooth some of the furrows on our worried brows. Bravo!

First report from  correspondent Mary Campbell Gallagher, of SOS Paris:

THIS JUST IN FROM PARIS. George Orwell, where are you? Having lost today’s City Council vote on the Tour Triangle, 83-78, Mayor Annie Hidalgo rushed to the Tribunal Administratif, saying the court should annul the vote because skyscraper-opponents made their ballots public, and that is “undemocratic.”

Apparently the meaning of “democratic” is freely open to re-definition by the mayor’s pro-skyscraper Socialist majority. Polls have long shown that Parisians reject skyscrapers, by at least 64 per cent. But the Socialist response has been: we politicians know better. I suppose they would call that democratic.

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About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to Good news from Paris!

  1. Dear Skyscrapers in Paris, don’t let the door hit you in the a**!


  2. Whoops, she is the PS candidate! Apologies. You’ll excuse the confusion, looking at her policies they were about as gauchiste as the Tories…


  3. Hi David, Hidalgo is NOT a Socialist, she was the candidate of the Right.


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