The territorial study «55000 ha for nature» is an interrogation concerning the role of nature within the metropolitan development of Bordeaux. This problematic is primarily present and visible where urban extensions are producing new and indefinite interfaces between the city and the «non-city». These spaces represent an opportunity for urban growth at the same time as an intensification of nature within the urban fabric.

These interfaces are the edges where urban and rural assets, traditionally secluded and separate, are intermingling, particularly concerning agriculture, the cultivable land and the viability of the agricultural exploitations at the city’s edges. The study has led us to associate urban and rural landscape elements together to induce a maximal complementarity.

Five large categories of edge have been defined: forest edges, water edges, agricultural edges, park edges and infrastructural edges. These interfaces concentrate the important issues for tomorrow. If treated as priority zones for development projects, they could lead to innovations in urban thinking related to nature. On several sites within the boundary of Bordeaux, this approach has been applied and investigated in depth and in interaction with different stakeholders.

  • Program / Project: BORDEAUX / 55 000 ha for Nature
  • Client: Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux
  • Project management: Agence Ter (lead consultant) + Franck Boutte Consultants + Res Publica + Attitudes Urbaines + Rivière Environnement + BRL + Flint Architectes
  • Area: 55 000 ha
  • Date: 2013-2014
  • Location: Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux, France

BORDEAUX / 55 000 ha for Nature