Habitables sites

Intervere in a city to plan a defensible development (socially, energically, and economically) can not be reduced to a unique choice consisting on wild drawings or «zoning». Today urbanism must take in account the «macro » and the « micro » fi nd an identity for the « micro » within the « macro , support each of one’s qualities, fi nd out the specifi cities and make out of them remarkable and claimed identical vectors.

The city becomes a tissu of social relations, not a collection of objects specific to a fractured urbanism. Seeking the specificities and make out of them remarkable and claimed identical vectors is about thinking of an urbanism of reversability, find out the formal heterogeneousness as a strength, tend to a formal sobriety looking for an intense habitable situations, of real co- inhabitant sites, strong and claimed.

Inheritage and landscape

We do not suggest a development solution drawned and constained, formal and structured but a long term strategy (illustrated here) based on an existant landscape (mineral and vegetal) wich structure constitutes the fundamental foundation of the place, the essential particularities of the project. For us this landscape qualified by some as « genious of the place » in a philosophical matter, is the physical illustration of the collective
memory, the one that participate in an immaterial permanence of a place or a group (the patrimony and more widely the inheritage to take up the british expression). The landscape, the existant, is more than a static
permanence, it is a spatial and temporal dynamic continuaty, a slow time scale, prehensible, a reference to the human being, a stable dimension.

Upstand and reveal

Point out the different interpretations, relations, diversities and multiplicities, the identities, the values and strength of the place and reveal them, exacerbate them, make them the framework. It is defi nitly not a «rewriting» of the place but a «reading» of it. «PAR LA GRANDE PORTE / BY THE GRAND DOOR » : FOSSES AND THE PNR About «Vieux-Fosses » case, we must point out and reveal the vectors of identity that in the first place permits it to exist as a dynamic and attractive town, also among the «plateau de la Cabine» and finally within the Parc Naturel Regional Oise-Pays de France » which will be a strong vector of existence in a regional and national level . The PNR will drive Fosses into the 21st century’ urbanism towards local cultural values and the rythm of the seasons. Leading that way, the shadow and magnetism of the international airport of Paris once Fosses is revealed, will therefore turn to real assets especially economically and of frequenting.

Three steps of interventions

We suggest three steps of interventions and choose to start with the thinest most local, concrete and operational, then through a global strategy of position towards the PNR, a strategy of «great territory» on a wide scale of time.

– Structure and inhabit the town,
– Re adopt the nature and its skills,
– Fosses, southern door of the PNR.


architects: 2:pm architectures, Flavien Bézy Urbaniste, Julien Rouger  |  team: BAU Bureau d'Aménités Urbaines, 2:pm architectures, Flavien Bézy Urbaniste, Julien Rouger  |  status: Competition (2013)  |  competition: Europan 12 : Fosses  |  clasification: 2 rang  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: extralarge  |  types: masterplan, public space  |  views: 3.815

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