Bassens / Bordeaux Métropole (FR)

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Bassens / Bordeaux Métropole (FR)

Scale S+XL
Team representative architect, urbanist, landscaper
Location Bassens (33)
Population Bassens 7,500 inhabitants / Bordeaux Métropole 256,000 inhabitants
Strategic site 2300 ha - Project site 340 ha (2 sites)

Site proposed by Ville de Bassens, Bordeaux Métropole, Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux
Actors involved Ville de Bassens, Bordeaux Métropole, Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux, GPV Rive Droite
Owner(s) of the site Ville de Bassens, Bordeaux Métropole, Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux et privé

Commission after competition urban, architectural and landscape studies

More Information

Urban City Strategy

The project site area, between the limestone plateau and the alluvial plain raises questions about the role of the river in creating a new territorial intelligence and new links between environments.
The challenges of programmation of use and mobility must be defined, in terms of revitalization and interface, in order to enhance and connect ecosystems evolving in parallel on the site.
A work on the theme of the living city, as a composite city, should therefore make it possible to initiate the setting in spaces and temporalities of new economic, ecological and energy challenges, in a human and sensitive strategic approach.

Site Definition

Bassens is the last dense city north of the Bordeaux metropolis. Extending over more than 1000 hectares, it marks the end of the slope of the right bank of the Garonne.
The topography of the area, as well as the presence of the Bordeaux–Paris high-speed trainline (LGV: ligne grande vitesse), constitute physical boundaries that separate the town into two parts:
- A lower part, the industrial–dockland area, which stretches along the river for more than 4km.
- An upper part, a populated plateau, which develops in the middle of green spaces and natural areas.
Crossing this boundary from the populated plateau to reach the river banks is one of the main challenges for the city of Bassens.
New uses will be developed in connection with the river, in a concern of valorization and preservation.
The hybridisation of the territory, considered on the one hand as an entrance to the city and on the other hand as its limit, should more generally allow the creation of a new coherence including the industrial-port ecosystem.

How Must Metabolism and Inclusivity Be Developped and Connected?

How can the city be made more accessible? How can it be made more animated? How can it be shared?
The challenges of programmation of use, with regards new ways of understanding, linking and adding to existing urban logistics structures must be considered, in terms of facilities, gathering together and exchange.
The industrial–dockland ecosystem contrasts with adjacent ecosystems, such as that of the residential town, and must be rethought in terms of interaction and amenity.
Spatial multifunctionality must redress years of urban zoning that neglected social, geographic and landscaping contexts, and more generally the possible connections between different environments.
Consideration of daily transport, both for individuals and for business, must also be put at the centre of the reflection.
Relevant solutions regarding the performance of the region and the involvement of new users are requested, taking into consideration any possible consequences on the human and the natural environments impacted which are already present on the site.
In an evolving economic ecosystem, looking for new connections, how can a new diversity also be created, bringing together existing conditions and increasing the capacity of existing urban infrastructures?
How can the area juggle economic and urban development, climatic risks and challenges, transform itself, renew itself and reply to the various issues of biodiversity, resilience and adaptation?
What might be the motors for a participative diversity and decisive redynamisation for our study site, and how can they be made to work together, taking into account the logistic and economic constraints of the industrial–dockland zone?

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This site is connected to the following theme

Making Territories Performative

On these sites, the impetus for the transformation comes from the territory and from the use of all the resources (natural, ecological, infrastructural) to regenerate them.
Here, the territory needs to be reconnected to its social context to add new creative and cultural qualities.

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Fr. 18 June 2021
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Fr. 2 July 2021
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The metropolitan territory
Site 1 - les Guerlandes and the green window
Site 2 and the Aquitaine Bridge
Riverside wharf from the Parc des Coteaux
Bassens train station
Bassens from the opposite bank of the Garonne