Paris turns to Autodesk for Notre-Dame design competition

The City of Paris has called in Autodesk to support the design competition to reimagine the area surrounding Notre-Dame de Paris.

In parallel with the reconstruction of Notre-Dame cathedral, the reimagination of the area will provide Parisians and tourists with the opportunity to further appreciate the history and heritage of Notre-Dame de Paris and its surroundings.

Four international teams will submit proposals for the redesign of the urban landscape surrounding the cathedral.

Throughout the competition, all teams and the City will use open standards such as openBIM and IFC (Industry Foundation Class), and will collaborate using Autodesk Docs, the cloud-based common data environment for document management and communication.

Furthermore, Autodesk will provide the 3D digital model of the existing area surrounding the Notre-Dame cathedral and its software will be used to generate virtual tours for each of the projects that will be shared with the judging panel. It will also be used to create the final interactive model and virtual tour of the winning project.

The construction is expected to start in 2024 and will be completed in 2028.

Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy mayor of Paris, said: “Thanks to this partnership with Autodesk, we are able to visualise the candidates’ design proposals in 3D and improve the way the teams reimagine the future of this exceptional site. Parisians, and all those around the world who appreciate the Notre-Dame cathedral setting, will be able to immerse themselves in the transformation of this area.”

Nicolas Mangon, vice president of AEC industry strategy at Autodesk, added: “By using cutting-edge 3D design, BIM, and engineering technologies, the city is positioned as the city of the future, preserving its historical legacy in digital form and unlocking the imagination and creativity of the design teams for the enjoyment of future generations.”

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