Michel Hössler, one of the three founders and directors of TER, the 2018 Urban Planning Grand Prize winners, gave us his point of view on the consequences of the health crisis on practices in the urban planning sector.
Part of your work is based on urban planning and therefore dialogue with the actors: how do these activities take place during periods of confinement?
It depends. There are three main areas of work here: export activity, particularly with China, the United States or others, which is particularly affected by the Covid-19, even if this activity is now continuing in China; in Metropolitan France, in terms of project management of public space, site monitoring is complicated since many sites are closed ; in terms of urban project management, it depends on the customers, but overall, there is a continuation of the business.
What about your development operations?
We manage to maintain the activity of a certain number of projects already engaged for several years, by the installation of teleworking. This allows monitoring of operations. It is more complicated when operations dependent on new municipal teams, especially in cities where mayors were not elected in the first round of the recent local elections. In these cases, some projects are on standby
Will this health crisis impact the way you perceive and design the city and the landscape?
Of course! We are asking ourselves questions about the dense city, professional practices and the models on which we work, as much in the urban environment as in more natural contexts.
Will the effects of the health crisis be bearable from a financial point of view for the actors involved in creating the urban fabric, in your opinion?
We feel that this will lengthen the deadlines for political decisions which are linked to the renewal of municipal teams. This slowdown will impact fixed costs, which risk doubling or tripling. As for the intensity of the impact of the health crisis, it is very complicated to predict, it will depend a lot on the months to come.


Nature in the city is flourishing in projects by Agence Ter . Virtual spring walk on the quays of Soissons where the serviceberry flowers are bursting into life.
Photos: François Jeanson DST from Soissons


In response to the containment measures to fight against the spread of Covid-19, Agence TER has set up teleworking for most of the teams in all its branches (France, Barcelona, ​​Los Angeles, Detroit, Shanghai, Karlsruhe) . Agency life and group meetings are organized at a distance. We are all present with our sponsors and partners, reachable by email and by phone.
We will closely follow the next announcements concerning the development of the pandemic.
The Direction


The new Bicêtre Park, designed by Agence Ter was opened to the public during a friendly event on Saturday, January 18. Located in front of the historic entrance to the Bicêtre Hospital, it is at the heart of the city’s Green Ribbon and represents 1 hectare of public spaces converted into an urban park. A new space for nature in the city, the park collects stormwater, enhances biodiversity and offers relaxation areas, games and a stage for cultural activities for all the inhabitants and users of the city.

Concours international – Parc Tuchkov Buyan à Saint-Pétersbourg

Agence Ter, with Philippe Rahm Architectes, Carlo Ratti Associati, Setec, Aetc, Avesta & Concepto,  is pleased to be one of the 8 international teams selected by the grand jury of the Tuchkov Buyan Park project in St. Petersburg. Open to architects and landscape architects from all countries, the competition is to design a park on the site of the former Russian Scientific Center for Chemistry in an exceptional urban location on the banks of the river Neva in the heart of St. Petersburg.

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Let’s invent the Metropolis

Agence Ter is lead consultant of the team including Agence Chabanne and Partners, ORY Studios, Agence O Architecture, working with the client consortium led by Eiffage,  (with BNP Paribas Real Estate, Group Pitcher, CDC Habitat and the UCPA)  for the Asnières-sur Seine Ice Skating project, resulting from the “Inventons Greater Paris 2 Metropolis” call for innovative projects launched by Greater Paris Métropole. After 18 months of consultation, the site of the Skating Rink participates in the 2nd edition of the call for urban projects in parallel with the 26 other emerging sites designated by the Metropolis.  On the program of the “Free Figures” project: demolition and reconstruction of aging buildings for a new mix of housing, retail, leisure and sports activities to make way for public spaces revitalized by the landscape project. The studies are beginning  for a start on site projected for the end of 2021.



Libourne 2025 « la Confluente »

“Libourne 2025 – La Confluente” is the winner of the urban projects section of the “Défis Urbains” prize organized by Urbapresse,  the magazine “Traits urbains” and the “Forum des Projets Urbains”.  A recognition of the urban programming of Libourne, an average sized city affirming its peri-metropolitan position. The “Défis Urbains” prize rewards achievements of operations (buildings, public spaces, facilities) and initiatives (events, approaches, ephemeral installations …) in 33 public or private categories in favor of a sustainable, inclusive, accessible, shared, innovative city, connected, balanced, comfortable and economical.

Accompanying the city of Libourne,  Agence Ter is very happy to be recognised in the category of “Metropolitan Construction” for the project of the development of wharves and open banks on the site of confluence of the rivers Dordogne and Isle.  Designed as a huge continuous space, the “Quai de la Confluence” attests to the exemplary dynamism of the City Council in mobilizing the institutions and stakeholders in concertation to develop an identity for the confluence.

Detroit Square

The winner of the Detroit Institute of Arts Midtown Cultural Connections international design competition, announced June 10th, is a project called “Detroit Square” designed by Agence Ter, a Paris, France-based landscaping firm; Akoaki, a Detroit-based architecture firm; roofoftwo, a Detroit design studio, and a University of Michigan professor.

“Detroit is daring to dream big again,” said Maurice Cox, the city’s director of planning and development. “This is a city that has never been afraid to take on extraordinary aspirational challenges and realize them.”

The project combines world-class architecture with a local Detroit flavor to reimagine the 83-acre area in Midtown into a walkable, distinct public sphere that connects 12 artistic, educational and cultural institutions.
The international design competition was launched in 2017 by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and the Detroit Institute of Arts to align 12 cultural and educational institutions, creating a connected cultural district in Midtown. The other stakeholder institutions include: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Public Library, Hellenic Museum of Michigan, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan Science Center, The Scarab Club, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.


The meeting between the architect Wang Shu, Pritzker Prize 2012, and Agence Ter concerning the “Zac des Deux Rives” project in Strasbourg, with Eric Bazard, director of the SPL and the promoters Vinci and Franck.