Urban visions for new hybrid lifestyles, envisioned on the Ile St Louis in Paris as pars pro toto for the European city.
Multicultural was yesterday, today the issue is ‚hybrid‘ lifestyles. The foreign and different is no longer shifted to a parallel society in certain urban districts but is lived by all. In the course of each day each of us engages in traditional European, Oriental or American-inspired activities. So how does a cultural utopia generate space? The role of architecture in relation to cultural coexistence is examined by specific qualities such as atmosphere, prejudices and habits to grasp their socio-spatial aspects.
The island of Île St Louis is acting as a prototype of the city, similar to Thomas Moore‘s vision of Utopia. Utopia should not be viewed as an identity shaping, form-generating ideal architecture that is imposed from above on foreign cultures. Style is replaced by programmatic fiction.
A homogenuous mega-structure, initially developed by overlaying the programme with cultural and urban planning parameters, is enriched atmospherically and programmatically by deepening the cultural aspects.