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urban planning study in Chêne-Bougeries. CH
two-stage research by invitation
date: deadline April 2011
client: municipality of Chêne-Bougeries
quantitative data: approx. 5.000 m2
with Esther Mètais (landscape), Netmobility (mobility)
studio urbanistica a Chêne-Bougeries  
The little suburb town of Chêne-Bougeries is cut by the main access road to Geneve conurbation. The artery dramatically narrows as it approaches the historical block Îlot Nord and the possibility of demolition has been debated for decades. Our proposal is not to eliminate the block, but to radically transform it: the inner part becomes a public space with pedestrian paths, less significant buildings are replaced by service or access structures, the main road is enriched with arcades built under the existing buildings to allow the pedestrian transit... a series of surgical yet pragmatic interventions to preserve the identity of the site.