An international consultation –  « Le Grand Pari(s) de l’agglomération parisienne » (the big bet of the Parisian agglomeration) was organized by the state and its communities in 2008 – 2009. It questioned the functioning of the metropolis on the regional scale of Île-de-France and continued to trace guidelines, to define a canvas and to sketch scenarios for the post-Kyoto era. The current context and realizations change the situation and demand a renewed debate where new perspectives can be laid out.

Our study was firstly based on the potential of densification and urbanization of the available lands at the edges of the water, rail or road infrastructures and within the commercial development zones, and later on experimentation with an urban strategy for collective housing programs.

Thinking “big” is needed to address the issue of brownfields, especially in relation to the territory. These leftover spaces are redefining new landscapes and are offering new potential for activities as well as for biodiversity. The small and medium sized brownfields are reinforcing the connotations of hard surfaces in the city and often bring a negative image. At this scale, the landscape transformation is inspired by existing activities: pocket gardens around public transport hubs and in the proximity of educational facilities. These spaces differ according to their users: youngsters, people on the road, inhabitants.

  • Program / Project: ILE DE FRANCE / Grand Paris – Towards a sustainable metropolis
  • Client: Atelier International du Grand Paris
  • Project management: FGP(u)- Philippe Gazeau + Agence Ter + Ronan et Erwan Bourroulec + Normal Studio + Michel Houellebecq + AEU + BRLi + Transitec
  • Date: 2012
  • Location: Ile-de-France, France
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ILE DE FRANCE / Grand Paris – Towards a sustainable metropolis