Les Champs Numeriques: Nice’s Promenade du Paillon

Posted: September 16th, 2013   |   Categories: Architecture | Blog | Featured | France

Concealed beneath the greenery: A network of fibre-optic cables and next-gen connectivity hardware

Concealed beneath the greenery: A network of fibre-optic cables and next-gen connectivity

Nice’s Coulée Verte – or, loosely translated, ‘Green Corridor’ – replaces two monumental, aspirational but irredeemably ugly brutalist structures; its central bus station (Gare Routiere) and a spectacularly hideous public car park. Both sported huge roof terraces complete with tennis and baseball courts, ornamental gardens, interesting stairwells etc., but all were neglected, abandoned, and the projects were ultimately unsuccessful. The Promenade du Paillon, reports Nice Matin1opens September 2013, replacing these sorry structures with a  remise en beauté des 3 hectares de verdure, avec sous-sols intelligents (fibre optique, réseaux internet, électrique): a return to beauty comprising 3 hectares of greenery with (get this) subterranean connectivity.

1. Nice Matin Mar 15 2013

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