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03. Urban study

Location Vaulx-en-Velin. France
Status Academic work
Year 2010

With Elsa Ascione & Marjorie Neveu-Smeets

The points developed with this strategy: the green and the automotive networks, the public spaces and the buffer zones should help to revitalize the site through internals micro-centralities in interrelation with the outside (Vaulx-en-Velin and the «Grand Lyon»).

The picture of the «network» as a concept is very representative of this idea. Some elements are predominant and others orbiting around. Those elements are linked together but sometimes it is not obvious, and no element tends to dominate others. They are all necessary for the proper functioning of the system and are by no means self-sufficient. This requires part of contemporary social dynamics: incorporating new structures generating new activity / attraction propose new lifestyles by setting aside the suburban housing and mass housing, develop an environmental awareness through the use of renewable energy and eco-civic actions. For a decade Vaulx-en-Velin is a very rich and prosperous phase of socio-economic development. The neighborhood is fundamentally interesting. The price per square is widely affordable for young couples, for example, or the middle class engaged in Lyon.

The restructuring of the neighborhood is part of the political and sociological development of the city that currently has several ongoing projects: “l’ilôt Tarvel”, housing located behind City Hall, the rehabilitation of the “pre Herpes”. Others projects have been already delivered: the restructuring of the downtown (2005) and the opening of the mall: “Carré de Soie” (2009).



Old factory
Old factory
Gardens
Gardens

Social performances
Environmental performances
Environmental performances
Masterplan
Masterplan
Programmatic section/garden area
Programmatic section/garden area