1 January 2012
A work that reports the results of the international workshop organized in 2010 by the Industries du Havre with the collaboration of the CUPUUM. The projects of 3, now graduated, students of the Faculty of Environmental Design, Marc Chenouda (M. Arc.), Sophie Julien (MIDU) et Jean-François St-Onge (M. Arc.), are presented.
What is the image of an industrial zone and, in particular, of the maritime port of Le Havre? While some contemplate with pride the economic achievement the city is renowned for, most see but the pollution and deterioration of the surrounding landscape. What can be done to alter this negative perception of the area and the industries that animate it?
The Industries du Havre, an association which groups the companies established in the Port of Le Havre, have initiated a workshop, under the direction of architect and urban planner François Scali, in order to question students on the future of the Le Havre industrial area.
Coming from 4 francophone institutions in the field—l’École spéciale d’architecture de Paris, l’École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, l’École d’architecture de La Cambre à Bruxelles et la Chaire UNESCO en paysage et environnement de l’Université de Montréal—the students’ mission was to imagine landscape visions that would unite the environmental needs with the affirmation of the industrial character of the zone. Utopic and varied, the responses contributed by the students are not solutions ready to be applied to the redevelopment of the port of Le Havre. Instead, they lead us into avenues of reflection and encourage us to see industrial heritage in a different light and to imagine a space where landscape and industry are not rivals.