Europan 14: Productive Cities

Masterplan for the Montières Industrial Area, Amiens, France

The proposal is for the creation of new infrastructure connections for the Strategic Site. This is combined with a series of syncopated uses that address the issues surrounding the typology of mono-function town planning, an ageing population and the retention of younger generations.

The 20th century trends of zoning city districts have created a mono-functional landscape. A typology defined by individual buildings surrounded with open space. The site has been unable to respond to the social, economic and political changes in the recent past. This has led to site’s demise and much of the site is approaching the final stages of evacuation.

There are also physical barriers to the site. The River Somme, woodland and truncated remnants of former infrastructure prevent movement through the site from the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Amiens is a successful university city but struggles to keep this younger demographic. By contrast, the aging population is increasing and retirees are becoming isolated from society as they get older.

We envision a framework for new mixed-use neighbourhoods which bring together all ages. We aim to create an environment that is engaging and provides a lifestyle which enhances the quality of the resident’s lives. The promoted interaction between all residents leads to healthier, happier and longs lives.

We imagine a new college or satellite department of a local university co-existing in the new neighbourhood. Courses for young people will have a specific focus on health and well-being. These syncopated uses combine for mutual benefit. The sharing and development of skills and relationships between generations.

By addressing the issues of poor site connectivity, mono-function town planning and the vast open spaces the area can be transformed into a vibrant, mixed use and productive post-industrial landscape.

In doing so the site is revealed as an opportunity to address the issues facing all cities in the 21st Century, that of aging populations and the difficulties of retaining young and ambitious citizens.