Agence TER Exhibition – Living soils

Natural ecosystems in cities, bioclimatic public spaces, parks and neighborhoods designed as hydrological modulation systems, forest cities, metropolitan terroirs: for more than 30 years Agence Ter has been exploring ways of incorporating living environments into urban areas and of using landscaping projects to provide climate services.
Henri Bava, Michel Hössler, Olivier Philippe and their team, who were awarded the prestigious Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme in 2018, now present an exhibition-manifesto centered round “living soil” as the foundation for urban and regional resilience. Cross-sections are the exhibition’s central medium. They are able to show the complexity of a site, covering all its horizons, its visible and invisible layers from the biosphere to the sub-soil. Cross-sections are the starting point for many of Agence Ter’s projects. Symbolic of the horizon, they define the art of landscape design. Inspiring, they are presented in the form of vibrant, living paintings.
The exhibition is designed as a cabinet of curiosities showcasing the firm’s projects and will include a round table bringing together experts from different environmental professions.

LANDSCAPE CITY, THE ANFA DISTRICT OF CASABLANCA

This summer, the inauguration of the first instalment of the Anfa district has provided 50 hectares of landscaped park to the city of Casablanca. On an urban scale, the park is a green belt evocative of the Landscape Cities of the Moroccan protectorate described by landscape designer Mounia Bennani in her book on Rabat, Marrakech, Meknes, Fez and Casablanca. The neighborhood, currently under construction was designed by Reinchen -Robert Agent, Agence TER, Concepto, Group 3, Yda Architects and MB Landscape.

IN STRASBOURG, “TREES GROW BEFORE BUILDINGS!”

The construction of public spaces in the future Citadel and Starlette districts has begun in Strasbourg. The SPL Deux Rives, the city of Strasbourg and the Eurometropole share the landscape and urban planning project carried out by Agence TER. The 75 Ha phase connects Strasbourg to the city of Kehl, on the German bank of the Rhine. The banks welcomed 115 trees delivered per barge as another step towards completion.
Photo credits: Thierry Muller Group and SPL Deux-Rive

UCKANGE, LIVING HERITAGE

Nature brings life to the U4 High Furnace Park created by Agence TER. The site was shortlisted among the 14 sites to become the “favorite monument of the French.”
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TAKING CARE OF THE VILAINE’S VALLEY

Follow the development of the territorial parc of the Valley of the Vilaine with Kultur Bretagne:
“A local elected official, a landscape designer, a cultural urban planner, a land art artist and an agroecology researcher, unravelling the story of the project at the gates of the city of Rennes. Taking an innovative course, including a local cultural approach of the territory.”

neighborhood in FLEURY-SUR-ORNE

The plantations of the future neighboorhood, des Hauts de l’Orne will be constructed with trees, grass shrubs and perennials from the nursery, created by the TER Agency and The Normandie Amenagement over two years ago ! Here, the nursery temporarily uses the space of the last phase of the constructions in order to be innovative whilst respecting the specific ambitions of the eco-neighborhood. The nursery pre-thinks the project sustainably by getting the trees used to the ground and to the climatic condition of the site. Ecologically practical for the carbon footprint of the project during the contruction phase, the nursery also became a ressource to welcome biodiversity and it’s inhabitants’ pleasure.

Life spurs back in the Agency ter’s Parks

The ending of quarantine in the Parisians and Barceloneses parks of the TER Agency rhymes with gardening, spontaneous nature, promenade, picnics and botanical classes.

URBANISM and biodiversity

The work « Urbanisme et biodiversité – Vers un paysage vivant structurant le projet urbain » just arrived at the editions Apogée in partnership with the PUCA under the supervision of Philippe Clergeau, professeur at the Museum of Naturel History.
In this work, the many contributions of ecologists, geographs, urbanists and engineers are reunited with the help of « du point de vue des praticiens ».
Participation of the Ter agency : Article : « Un sol vivant pour une résilience urbaine » – Olivier Philippe.

CENTRAL PARC AÉROTROPOLE DE BEIJING – CHINA

Agence Ter has won the project for the Beijing Central Park landscaping project around the construction of the aerotropolis. The urban development proposes a ring-shaped building, a landmark seen from the sky from which different axes of crossings and meetings of the ways unfold. The park plays a role in diffusing soft mobility (with a ‘slow bridge’ that transports bikes and pedestrians contrasting with the speed of airport activity). The circular shape makes it possible to serve themed spaces of nature and to activate an outdoor cultural program (swimming, dance, art, botany …).
The project is designed as a traditional Chinese landscape painting. The forest-mountain-water composition structures the space in search of balance as an ecological base supporting the aerotropolis. Improving the well-being of residents and tourists with the creation of a sustainable and breathable ‘sponge’ city facing the airport is the challenge of the landscape project proposed by Agence Ter

MICHEL HÖSSLER: THE HEALTH CRISIS “QUESTIONING THE DENSE CITY”

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.