URBAN DESIGN COMPETITION FONDATION BENETEAU
NEW PORT IN VALENCIENNES (FR), ON THE ESCAUT CANAL Use what is already in place The competition is about an old
local technological and industrial
industrial district along the Escaut
skills (urban wind-power, recycling of
canal. This district has a strong
the canal dredging trashes,...).
indentity and a local public life
concentrated around a few places just
Those public spaces are now the main
next to the project site.
passing sequences for the people who
According to me, the goal of the
are going from the town-center to the
urban intervention is to ďŹ nd a way to
future technological area, northern
link the speciďŹ cities of the lifestyle
form the site.
with large scale ambitions. The new hybrid places (between
A link & A door The new port is directly included in the public space and is an opportunity to rethink the three main public spaces (a wharf, a square and a park). The implementation is based on the
the private port and the public life) enhance a local public life, transform the area in a new door of the city, and encourage large scale activities.
Overview of works from the last six years