E16/17 - Inter-sessions Forum, Clermont-Ferrand (FR) - Workshops


On the occasion of the Europan 16/17 Inter-session Forum, held in Clermont-Ferrand (FR) in November 2022, with the contribution of Clermont Auvergne Métropole, Europan proposed to the E16 award-winning teams from the nine participating countries to meet to design scenarios on the theme of the last session, "Living Cities", applied to local urban contexts. The teams had to form international and interdisciplinary design groups to explore two different urban contexts, two inhabited environments: one in the sector of la Cure in Lempdes, 11 km from CF, and the other, la Plaine du Bedat, between the communes of Gérzat and Cébazat at the gates of CF. 

How can we turn monofunctional suburban districts (business or residential areas) into living, ecologically friendly districts that work with local resources in a more circular economy? This was the question put to the Europan 16 teams, who had four days to work on this issue common to most small towns on the outskirts of central cities. The aim is to strengthen them by working on the ecological potential to be revealed and on the intensification and diversification of uses.

In Lempdes, the question was how to make former activity and commercial zones, partly obsolete, evolve into an ecological district with a reasonable density. On the Plaine du Bédat, the theme was to improve urban cohabitation thanks to landscape connections, by hybridizing rural, natural, suburban housing, and large facilities, while connecting to the surrounding cities thanks to an ecological corridor.

With the help of two coaches, Miriam Garcia, a landscape designer from Barcelona, and Luis Basabe, from the Arenas, Basabe, Palacios agency - which has created a 1,000-home neighborhood in Vienna within the framework of Europan - the teams, working intensely and creatively, were able to present 7 alternative scenarios (4 in Lempdes and 3 on la Plaine du Bédat) during the Forum on November 3, highlighting the relationships with their Europan winning ideas.

Find below the results of the Workshop presented in the form of short videos made by their authors.

WORKSHOP SITES 1 & 2 Introduction video: La Plaine du Bédat & Lempdes

La Plaine du Bédat - SCENARIO 1: ECOTONE

Fabien Lamy (FR), architect and urbanist, Runner-up in Aulnat (FR) "Vi(e)abiliser"
Julie Maillard (FR), architect and urbanist, Runner-up in Namur (BE) "Le sol, le roseau et le cycliste"
Gemma Milà Cartañá (ES), architect and urbanist, Special Mention in Quimper (FR) "Terre Glaz"
Paul Raphael Schägner (DE), architect, Runner-up in Wernigerode (DE), "United gardens of Wernigerode"

La Plaine du Bédat - SCENARIO 2: RHIZOME

Irati Lasa Amo (ES), architect, Special Mention in Quimper (FR) "Terre Glaz"
Maxime Neuville (FR), architect, Runner-up in Aulnat (FR) "Vi(e)abiliser"
Zélie Davodeau (FR), architect and urbanist, Runner-up in Namur (BE) "Le sol, le roseau et le cycliste"
 Marcel Tröger (DE), landscape architect and urbanist, Runner-up in Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE) "Gmünder Talfinger..."

La Plaine du Bédat - SCENARIO 3: ISLAND

Berna Yalali (TR), landscape architect, Runner-up in Bitonto (IT) "An Atlas of Rituals"
Björn Bracke (BE), landscape architect, Runner-up in La Porte du Hainaut (FR) "Eco-Hub Raismes"
Lili Szabo (FR), architect, Runner-up in Carouge (CH) "Cultivating Synergies"
Luca Luini (IT) architect & Riccardo Masiero (IT), architect urbanist, Winners in Bitonto (IT) "Learning from the Lama"


Gaëtan Amossé (FR), Soukaina Laabida (MA), architects & Charlélie Michel (FR), architect urbanist, Winners in Biel/Bienne (CH) "The city as a living organism"
Cécile Kermaïdic (FR) & Wolfram Meiner (DE) students in architecture , Winners in Västeräs (SE) "Vitality!"
Klara Wahlstedt (SE), architect, Runner-up in Västeräs (SE) "Landscape of Encounters"
Tomás Larios (ES), architect, Winner in Levanger (NO) "Hello Woods!"


Ana Maria Branea (RO) & Marius Găman (RO), architects, Runner-up in Aalst (BE) "Living Heritage"
Álvaro Sánchez Garda (ES), architect, Winner in Levanger (NO) "Hello Woods!"
Pepe Lacruz Vela (ES), architect, Winner in Barcelona (ES) "Industrial Re-evolution"
Xander Van Dijk (NL) & Izabela Słodka (PL), architects, Runner-up in Klagenfurt (AT) "Tracing Domains"


Tom Macht (DE), architect, Winner in Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE) "Viriditas Ante portas"
Pino Heye (DE), student in urban planning, Winner in Västeräs (SE) "Vitality!"


Jacques Ippoliti (FR) & Marion Lacas (FR), architect urbanists, Winners in La Porte du Hainaut (FR) "Short stories"
Trung Mai (VN), architect, Winner in San Dona Venezia (IT) "Agroecological Condenser"
Tecla Spruit (NL), anthropologist, Winner in Västeräs (SE), "Vitality!"
Georgios Tsoukalas (GR), urban planner, landscaper, Runner-up in Brussels (BE) "Grow 4 Brussels"

Special thanks to Grégory Bernard, Metropolitan Councillor responsible for development operations of metropolitan interest (Clermont-Auvergne Métropole), all the Europan teams that participated, the inhabitants of Lempdes and La Plaine du Bédat (humans & non-humans)