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cpl1 copy.jpg (16003 bytes) CITY PLATES,

inherent local system of the axis, transformed into independent plates. They form a transition between the new urban systems and the existing context. These tectonics emphasize ambiences by forming urban scenarios as:

1-the 'media strip'

2-the 'church's place'

3-the 'cascade'

4-the ‘live excavating park’; the park configuration evolves according to the action of digging ruins. The conception exploits the paralysis of a blocked situation to create a permanent play. Park and excavation links archeology, citizen and tourist interests.

5-the 'sport pergola'

6-the 'Paradise place'

7-the ‘sea-city place’; a place filled up with water depending on the rhythm of the tides, expending temporary the sea into the city. This ‘negative’ pier is a programmatic hybrid, alternating between the function of a pier and a place. The system exacerbates the symbolic value of the place, as a reflected image, as well as the endless event between sea and city.

8- the parking desk

City plates

The structural analysis of the central urban factory [urban ventile + urban skeleton] has created an understanding of the urban matrix as a specific condition made out of the collision of the strict orthogonal bloc structure and unplanned spaces.

The urban matrix is the result of the unachieved urban planning intertwining planning and accident within the common space. The enclaves, accidental spaces of the grid, are formed out of the appropriation of the urban space by the population and stands for high identification and social articulation - Microsystems. These entities are independent fragments floating within the grid where the collision of the generic with the specific creates what Rem Koolhaas calls congestion.

The work on the concept of the ‘city plates’ concerns these fragments in order to reinforce their specificity. The project exploits their high potential of local identification and their independence to the generic system of the grid. The exacerbation of their topographic, social, ideological… specific characteristics is one of the vectors for a polysemic - anti-representational planning conception.

The plates generated by their specific environment, form multi-directional entities, transversal elements of the axis. These fragments operate as autonomous platforms, but anticipate at the same time in the formation of a larger continuous system – circuit, where the different plates are interwoven throughout the XL-pleat, the S-pleat and the urban bloc structure. The merging of the fluid pleats to these independent tectonics create the new folded surface of the project, transforming the linear model of the axis into a multilinear space.

The variation of the surface (folding) reinforces the concept of ruptures as a generic parameter of the urban space. The spatial accentuation of rupture and accident by hard edge folding reinforces the idea of the urban as a heterogeneous matrix made out of the variation of independent ambiences and activities. The concept of the ‘city plates’ can be compared to the situationist perception of space, the psychogeography, considering space in its emotional stimulation of human behaviour. The plates are conceived as a collage of independent elements proposing each a specific ambience by varying the implication and stimulation of the urban actor. The displacement through these different ambiences implicates the urban actor within the formation of its environment. He is permanently confronted to the unarticulated succession of various ambiences, from a park combining archaeological excavation to a place filled up with water according to the tide rhythm.

The different plates implant recreational, sport, consummation, educational, touristic …activities reinforcing the heterogeneity of the axis as a space compiled throughout rupture and fragments. The superposition of local and generic [XL-Pleat, S-pleat] systems create a textured space introducing event, through rupture, as a main vector of urbanity.