With the objective of applying possible reinterpretations of the garden cities principles in a proposal for an area in transformation, the Montjean Plain was selected as case study. Occupying the cities of Fresnes, Rungis and Wissous, the Montjean plain is a challenging project site: an open area characterized by a very beautiful and delicate landscape, currently occupied by community gardens and a parceling, surrounded by housing, by a large business area – the Silic – and by a train station that will also serve a new tram line in the near future, and landlocked by public transport infrastructure (RER, highways) and the Orly Airport. Montjean plain is clearly an area of contrast that combines zones of activity with wide and quiet areas. This area is expected to change in future with a specific attention to the quality of the open spaces including the projects of new urban neighborhoods.
The workshop explored different scenarios for the transformation of one of these neighborhoods located at the edge of this area. The team of young experts explored the creative relationship between housing, a strategic and accessible location and an environment constrained by the noise, in search of a balance between the built environment and the open space.
How, in this context, is it possible to maintain a supply of affordable and livable housing? How to deal with the edge of the open space of the plain? How to integrate public transport and the existing functions in the new development? What housing typologies are suitable in this location, is the model cities gardens still relevant for this context?
exploring the edges of Paris
Transforming a neighborhood at the city edge