Paris reintroduces high-rise building ban

The capital’s city council voted to limit the height of new buildings in the center to 37 meters. The city has adopted a new “Local Urban Plan” that aims to promote greener building. Proponents of the change make an environmental argument, arguing that building bioclimatic buildings is more difficult when they are taller than 30m, due to the energy the building requires to move people around and supply water.

The new rules allow taller buildings to be built in some parts of the city where lower limits previously applied. They allow the construction of buildings up to 37 m high, but only if they are residential and located on streets more than 12 m wide.

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