21st

21ST ARRONDISSEMENT

 

Time // 2010

 

University // Ecole Spéciale d’Architectur

 

Location // Paris, France

 

Status // Urban Design Proposal

 

Type // Masterplan

 

Size // 130.000 m²

 

Team // Paul Bart, Michael Mayer, Nicholas Rosetti

 

Tutor // Jorge Ayala

 

Exhibited at // La Galerie d’Architecture, Paris

Urban Design Strategies drawing from environmental engineering and landscape ecology to broaden Paris’ boarder across the peripherique, ensuring it’s interconnectivity

 


 

In the context of global propagation of cities from the generic ‚copy and paste‘, the 21st arrondissement proposes the morphological configuration of one or more city prototypes based on extrapolation of its material and the local intelligence of the built city, the historic city and the touristic city of Paris. In a dynamic ‚Paris – the Region‘, the project re-evaluates various parameters such as the urban level of connectivity in the city (network of boulevards), the high tourist and recreation sites and new urban development, creating an inventory of regional structure that serves to design a new city-region. The end result are the proliferation of a series of autonomous prototypes capable of responding to new needs and desires of its habitats.
The information-mesh generated geometries evolve into a primary connection network, with secondary and tertiary crystalising outwards and in between. The pentagonal surface of the mesh is integral to the ordering of architecture (e.g. closer building envelopes at low-rise, further apart at high-rise), with varying sub sequent geometry setting multiple opportunities for hybridised programs. This sets a scheme that locates people at a maximum of six hundred seconds away from any connection hub, both vertically and horizontally – increased density with high-rise architecture occurring along arterial boulevards (closer to hubs), and dissipating in an inverse operation at greater lateral distances.