APURAsociatia Profesionala a Urbanistilor (Romanian: Urban Professional Association)
APURAtelier Parisien d'Urbanisme (French: Parisian Urban Workshop; Paris, France)
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APUR, whose urban design policy for the east end of Paris had attached great importance to the `greening of the city', presented a new set of proposals for turning the Bastille line into an urban asset, retaining the viaduct, embankment and cuttings to provide a promenade plantee or linear pedestrian park, running from the rear of the new Opera right across the 12th arrondissement to the Bois de Vincennes, linking the park spaces planned for housing projects on the station and siding sites.
Reacting against the comprehensive redevelopment programmes of the early 1960s and early '70s, the APUR has long sought to elaborate a methodology of working with the city's 'morphological grain', through a contextual regulation of height, massing and urban space, a return to the ilot, mixed use, and the clear definition of public and private space, based on reappraisal and reinterpretation of Haussmannian Paris.
He regrets the inflexibility of the APUR 'corset', which has forced him to increase the plan area of the parkside villas, thereby reducing the openness and permeability of his original concept.