Almost all of Paris’s social housing authorities have revamped their building strategies. The shift dates to the inauguration of Mayor Bertrand Delanöe, a socialist and a design advocate who, with others, knew the banlieue was an issue long before the riots. The city is now building better social architecture, aiming to reverse social housing’s negative stigma. One of these projects is an unusual concrete building, built for the Société Anonyme d’Economie Mixte Immobilière Interdépartementale in the formerly industrial Masséna area by Beckmann-N’Thépé. The building’s center is carved out about three levels up to create a lofted courtyard, while side portions are also cut out to create several rooftop gardens. The structure contains 48 flats, commerce, and an underground garage (text from Architectural Record).