PARIS WITHOUT SKYSCRAPERS Press Release for the Book

September 5, 2020




The International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris, ICPP, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to promote and protect the traditional urbanism and architecture of Paris. ICPP works with its French counterparts in the established French preservationist association SOS Paris. Now ICPP is garnering donations to publish a pathbreaking book in English and French, Paris Without Skyscrapers in English and Paris sans gratte-ciel in French. The aim is to promote the traditional beauty not only of Paris but of cities  worldwide. The motto is Beauty is worth fighting for.

Forthcoming in June 2021, ICPP’s book, Paris Without Skyscrapers: The Battle to Save the Beauty of the City of Light will also be published in French as Paris sans gratte-ciel: la bataille pour sauver la beautĂ© de la Ville Lumière. It features articles by 49 experts in fields from architecture to economics and by leading international lovers of Paris, architects, urbanists, lawyers, and thinkers. The book makes a powerful argument against building skyscrapers in Paris. But time is of the essence. See details below.

Suggested Intro: The International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris  is a non-profit organization working to alert public opinion to the threat to the beauty of Paris and to rally public opinion to a campaign for urban beauty. It will achieve this, in part, by publishing a book presenting the opinions of experts around the world so that, as ICPP says, we may leave to our children and grandchildren a Paris as beautiful as the city the world has inherited. Welcome [Mary or Lenny or Colum or David]. Tell us about your fundraising campaign to garner funds for the publication of Paris Without Skyscrapers.

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  • Saving the Beauty of the World’s City–and of other cities. Paris is a monument of beauty and of history. Above it, the towers of Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower proclaim the greatness of God and of France, all in a bustling city of two million people with high culture and a history that goes back to the Romans. Home to the Enlightenment, to Voltaire and Rousseau, Paris was also the birthplace of the Modern, known for writers Jean Cocteau and Albert Camus, painters Manet and Chagall and Picasso. And every few feet, it seems, is a sidewalk cafe, for a coffee or a glass of wine.
  • People from All Over the World Rally to Promote the Traditional Urbanism and Architecture of Paris and to Defeat Skyscrapers. The International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris, ICPP< is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with members from all over the world, working to promote the traditional urbanism and architecture of Paris and oppose towers. ICPP is garnering donations to support publication of its book.
  • Take a Walk Through the Past and into the Future. Walking through Paris is a thrill because on its streets a revolutionary and romantic history converge with a modern city that is re-using old buildings as the leading center of high-tech investment in Europe. 
  • Leave Your Mark on History and Architecture. Publication of the book Paris Without Skyscrapers/Paris sans gratte-ciel is a step towards saving the beauty of Paris for the future and promoting beauty in cities worldwide.

Some Suggested Interview QUESTIONS:

  1. What inspired you to take on the project of promoting the traditional urbanism and architecture of Paris?
  2. Paris is more than 2,000 years old. What significance does it hold in terms of world history, art, and culture?
  3. Can you talk about the role of Paris for American soldiers in World War I and World War II? 
  4. You have called Paris the world’s city, and you have said that it is a monument of world importance. What do you mean by that?
  5. How can schools get involved in preserving the beauty of Paris? In campaigning for the beauty of other cities worldwide?
  6. Why is private funding so important in this case?
  7. Is your campaign aimed primarily at people who speak French?
  8. What is the role of ICPP in adding to the cultural life of Paris?

We invite donors to become members of the International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris, ICPP, at these levels:

Pantheon Donors – $10,000 or more
Luxembourg Donors – $5,000
Vosges Donors – $1,000
Carnavalet Donors – $500
Balzac Donors – $100 

Richelieu Donors, for colleges and schools – $500

Please help Paris today. Contributions will be tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. ICPP is a 501(c)(3) organization. Send membership contributions to ICPP using the website: You may use either a credit card or PayPal. 

Alternatively, contribute by check. The address:

International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris, ICPP
PO Box 1308  Gracie Station
New York, NY  10028-0010

Tax information about ICPP. The International Coalition for the Preservation of Paris (ICPP) is a non-profit entity incorporated under the laws of the state of New York. It is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.



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