Paris

photo: A metro train at Paris' Gare Du Nord.

Can the Paris Metro Make Room for More Riders?

The good news: Transit ridership is booming in the French capital. But severe crowding now has authorities searching for short-term solutions.

How Charlotte Perriand Defined Modern Design

The pioneering French designer and architect is the subject of a new retrospective at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

A wooden tombstone marks a grave in a green burial area in Paris.

Paris Has Opened Its First Green Cemetery

The city has devoted a section of its Ivry-sur-Seine cemetery to lower-carbon, chemical-free burials—with wooden grave markers used in place of tombstones.

How Paris Hopes to Build an E-Bike Boom

The French capital region just launched a bikeshare program for electric bicycles, and now it wants to help people buy e-bikes of their own.

a photo of the Gare Du Nord as it will look from Rue de Saint-Quentin after redevelopment.

Why a Train Station Addition Has Parisians Outraged

The plan for a shopping-mall-like extension to the city’s 19th-century Gare du Nord is "inacceptable," a group of 19 architects say.

a map comparing the sizes of several cities

The Commuting Principle That Shaped Urban History

From ancient Rome to modern Atlanta, the shape of cities has been defined by the technologies that allow commuters to get to work in about 30 minutes.

a photo of the Eiffel Tower with the words "Made for Sharing" projected on it

How France Tries to Keep English Out of Public Life

France has a long history of using official institutions to protect the French language from outside influence. Still, English keeps working its way in.

In Paris’s Suburbs, a Bike Trail Plan Carries a Big Promise

Cycling advocates have proposed a network of bicycle paths connecting the suburbs and city center, comparing their plan to the region’s rapid transit system.

a photo of a pedestrian near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The ‘Toxic Fallout’ From the Notre-Dame Disaster: Lead Contamination

A French environmental group is suing the city over widespread lead dust contamination released in the historic cathedral fire on April 15.

Europe’s Cities Weren’t Built for This Kind of Heat

A record-breaking heat wave across London, Paris, and Amsterdam is signaling an urgent need for design and cultural changes to combat climate change.

European Cities Fear They’ll Lose Power to Regulate Airbnb

Facing housing shortages and mass tourism, 10 major cities want the European Union to protect their ability to regulate vacation rentals at the local level.

Paris Wants to Grow ‘Urban Forests’ at Famous Landmarks

The city plans to fill some small but treasured sites with trees—a climate strategy that may also change the way Paris frames its architectural heritage.

How I. M. Pei Shaped the Modern City

The architect, who died yesterday at the age of 102, designed iconic modern buildings on prominent sites around the world. Here are some that delight and confound CityLab.

New Ideas for Paris's Outdated Infrastructure

After a criticized first installment, the city's design competition has a wider talent pool and a fairer distribution of commissions to redesign urban sites.

A Brief History of Neon Signage in Cities

The once-ubiquitous form of lighting was novel when it first emerged in the early 1900s, though it has since come to represent decline.

The Many Lives of Notre-Dame

Far from being a single author’s definitive text, the beloved cathedral’s history is a palimpsest.

a photo of French yellow vest protesters

France’s Yellow Vests Are Rebels Without a Cause

As weekly protests continue in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron is still trying to figure out what the “yellow vest” movement wants. It’s not an easy task.

People stand on Paris's Rue Cremieux

Their Street Is Famous on Instagram, and They Can't Take It Anymore

Instagrammers love the colorful homes on Paris’s Rue Crémieux. Frustrated residents want gates to lock them out.

The Cheaper, Greener Future of France's High-Speed Trains

Take a look at the trains that will modernize France’s rail fleet and prepare the national provider to take on its first-ever competitors.

France’s Double Standard for Populist Uprisings

Residents of the city’s poorer, immigrant-heavy suburbs have for years asked the government to take their challenges seriously. They’ve had little success.