PLATFORMS Typologies of Creative Work and Exchange

Europan 2017. Aurillac, France

Associates: Philine Schneider, Romain Gautillot
Student: Houssein Tarabichi

The productive city… strengthens its center with short walking distances, dense typologies, connected landscapes, and the shortage of motorized vehicles.

The productive city… focuses on local entrepreneurship. It provides space for the development of social networks (long-term housing / short-term opportunities). To promote productiveness, the inhabitants are enabled to create and participate with own businesses and ideas. Pioneer activities, local workshops, trial and error shops create a landscape of possibilities.

The productive city… takes into account former brown field activities and establishes new terraces for a productive use of the ground. The platforms establish specific features to the neighborhood: Mobility hub / mobility station (platforms for exchanging vehicles), housing (active neighborhood), workshops (exchange of skills and knowledge), residencies (exchange with guests), museum (exchange of heritage) and community house (social exchange).

The productive city… thinks in mobility hubs rather than parking lots. The mobility hub offers parking, car-free alternatives, mini vehicles and car-sharing options.
The new mobility station enables the access to innovative electrical transportation at a strategic point of the city.

The productive city… revitalizes its unique heritage in contemporary ways. It envisions the paradigm shift of “mobility” and inner-city living as opportunity for re-valorizing the character of the river banks and promenade. Former local typologies, e.g. pavillons and kiosks along the promenades can be rethought and readapted.

The productive city… offers open and community spaces, (ateliers, workshops, manufactories, gardens, courtyards). They are used by inhabitants and guests and serve as fertile grounds for the exchange of ideas, expertise and entrepreneurship, start-ups, commerce, initiatives, associations etc. to develop long-term structures.

The productive city… supports the realization and self-financing of homes by communities with affordable co-home-ownership projects. The intergenerational homes contain different social groups and promote productive support and exchange.

The productive city… establishes strategies, e.g. the “ticket for Aurillac” to reduce motorized mobility. Instead of a parking ticket, car-drivers receive a ticket for the use of all other vehicles to reclaim the city by bikes, electric scooters, mini-cars, busses and tramways