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.

AMELANCHIERS IN FLOWER – SOISSONS

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

COVID_19 –TER AGENCY ACTIVITY

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

INAUGURATION OF BICETRE PARK

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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