The canal in the heart of the city
Site Location City of Auby, Douaisis greater intercommunal area, Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
Project Scales XL/L - territory/ urban + architecture
Site Family MAKING PROXIMITIES - Interfaces and short cycles
Post-competition phase Urban studies, urban an /or architectural mastery projects
How Can the Site Contribute to the Productive City?
Auby is a small industrial town (7600 inhabitants) in the Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin (1,200,000 inhabitants). The town is home to the largest zinc production site (Nyrstar) in France.
Auby has many resources that contribute to a productive city: the Atelier du Livre d’art, its mining past, its historical heritage (including two UNESCO heritage miners’ estates), remarkable countryside (Deûle canal, wooded areas), quality public spaces, public facilities, local shops and a developing housing supply.
Solidarity and public policies aimed particularly at housing dignity and nutritional education seek to give the inhabitants a feeling of pride and social fairness. The navigable canal has a role to play in multi-mode mobility including environmentally friendly means of transport. A public transport line connecting Auby to Leforest train station (Paris-Lille line) is planned.