Holiday Wishes 2017 from Mary Campbell Gallagher

Mary Campbell Gallagher

Mary Campbell Gallagher

Happy Holidays!              (Voir traduction en bas de cette page)

May you and your family enjoy a Holiday Season filled with joy,

and may you have abundance and peace in the New Year.

On behalf of the International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris, ICPP, and as U.S. liaison for the French preservationist association SOS Paris, I am delighted to report that although 2016 was a challenging year for Paris and for us, our path forward is clear.

The mission of ICPP is to promote architecture and planning in Paris that reach back through the tumultuous history of that great city and reflect its unique character.

In light of the tumult of 2016, ICPP’s campaigns for the architecture and way of life of Paris may seem frivolous to some. But in fact the glorious physical order of Paris helps to keep us all human and sane, wherever we may live. And if anything, its history of riots and revolutions gives Paris a complex character that a sanitized steel-and-glass modernity can never achieve. Paris is complex and unique.

Just to name one of today’s threats that ICPP must oppose, take City Hall’s plans for skyscrapers in Paris. ICPP is pushing back. Our book of compelling essays in French and English, to be published in cooperation with SOS Paris, is called Paris Without Skyscrapers: The Battle for the Horizon of the World’s Most Beautiful City. Watch for it!

 

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Already, ICPP’s online petition against Paris skyscrapers has gained nearly 1,400 signatures. Please sign the petition now if you have not done so already, and pass it on. Let’s make it viral! Go to ICPP’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/SaveParis/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Meanwhile, not content to blight the horizon with skyscrapers, City Hall is also urging disastrous changes to many of the most beautiful streets and squares in Paris, imploring architects to be « innovative. » In fact, we say, if the cabal of government technocrats, developers, and star architects prevails, Paris will not be innovative, it will be a clone of Hong Kong or Dubai.

We are delighted that this month Notre Dame architecture graduate Connor Moran’s Samaritaine counter-proposal, which was generously aided by guidance from officers of SOS Paris Jan Wyers and Christine Nedelec, won an award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA). Connor’s images have been posted on our Facebook page for the International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris. https://www.facebook.com/SaveParis/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel .

In order to fulfill our mission of promoting the harmonious architecture and planning in Paris, ICPP must continue to raise public awareness.

Many of the challenges to the beauty of Paris are in fact worldwide. Working with Lynn Ellsworth and Marrio Messina of New Yorkers for a Human-scale City, with Barbara Weiss of the Skyline Campaign in London, Peter Drijver and others in The Hague, and with Jan Wyers, Christine Nedelec, and Harold Hyman at SOS Paris, on October 23, we in New York celebrated « Historic Districts Day, as proclaimed by our NYC elected officials. We enjoyed Skype conferences on our common worldwide challenges with our colleagues in London, The Hague, and Paris.

In the works, ICPP has publications, speeches, and a new website at http://www.SaveParis.org. We also have plans for a campaign of petitions, meetings, and conferences. Meanwhile, we must pay to publish our book and complete our web site. Please help Paris.

With the help of our VLA lawyer at Skadden Arps, Daniel Medalie, ICPP is now incorporated, we are applying for a 501(c)(3) ruling from the IRS, and our 501(c)(3) designation will be retroactive. The three board members, Leonard Pitt and Michael West Mehaffy, to both of whom I am most grateful, and I, will assure appropriate use of your gifts. We are aided in our work by a stellar Committee of Advisors from the worlds of architecture, law, literature, and activism.

We offer you two ways to contribute to Paris.

Please contribute on PayPal to ICPP at the following address: InternationalCoalitionPP – at – Yahoo.com. Your gift will be tax-deductible retroactively when we achieve 501(c)(3) status.

Alternatively, Our 501(c)(3) partner, the Sustasis Foundation (where ICPP’s Secretary-Treasurer Michael Mehaffy is Executive Director) will receive donations by check. Sustasis is already a 501(c)(3) organization. Your check dated December 31 or earlier is deductible in 2016. Your gift will flow through to the International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris, ICPP. Make your check payable to Sustasis Foundation, and note on the front of your check: Paris Project. The address:

Sustasis Foundation/Paris Project

742 SW Vista Avenue, #42

Portland, Oregon 97205

Please help keep Paris beautiful.

Hoping that 2017 may smile on our beloved Paris, and

Wishing on my own behalf and on behalf of the Board of ICPP, all good things for you and yours,

Cordially,

Mary Campbell Gallagher, President

International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris, ICPP

P.O. Box 1308 Gracie Station

New York, NY 10028-0010

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TRADUCTION en cours…

Joyeuses Fêtes de fin d’année !

Que vous et vos proches profitez des merveilleuses fêtes pleines de joie ! Et que vous ayez la prospérité et la paix en cette Nouvelle Année qui vient ! 

Au nom de la Coalition Internationale pour la Préservation de Paris, ICPP, et en tant que représentante aux États-Unis de l’association SOS Paris, je suis ravie de déclarer que si 2016 a été une année difficile pour Paris et pour nous, notre voie à suivre est claire. 

La mission de l’ICPP est de promouvoir l’architecture et l’urbanisme de Paris, qui remontent à travers l’histoire tumultueuse de cette grande ville et reflètent son caractère unique. 

À la lumière des tumultes de 2016, les campagnes de l’ICPP pour l’architecture et le cadre de vie parisiens peuvent paraître légères à certains. Mais en fait, l’éclat naturel et universel de Paris nous aide à nous maintenir tous humains et sains d’esprit, où que nous vivons. Et, en tout cas, son histoire de changements et de révolutions donne à Paris un caractère complexe qu’une « modernité » aseptisée faite d’acier et de verre,  ne pourra jamais dénaturer. Paris est complexe et unique. (…) 

(Traduction en cours. Elle sera publiée ici bientôt)