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Author(s): BRINGAND Flore
Contributor: ENSA Bretagne

Virtuous trilogy

On the front of prospective to promote “tailor-made” thinking and doing

Experimenting with students at the heart of the ordinary, suburban or rural territories that represent considerable resources of development is a militant act. Concretely, at the Brittany National College of Architecture (ENSAB) in the DATTA project workshop that I steered for six years, two pedagogical experiences testify of this militant pedagogical approach and that have one common point: the transverse thematic of the exploration of alternatives to generic spatial models.

DATTA, a specific project workshop:
It brings together fourth year students in architecture (Master 1) of the ENSAB and students in urban planning of the MOUI Master (Urban contracting and urban transformation) of the Rennes 2 University.

This prospective project worship allows placing students in a creative posture and around “tailor-made” projects opposing the application of generic and standard models.The trusty partnership conducted over several years with the Rennes Area allowed transforming the DATTA project workshop into a tool for raising awareness and to “gently train” local players (the Rennes area boasts 76 communes, including Rennes Metropolis).

On the front of the “solidarization” of suburban areas

The “VIRTUOUS TRILOGY” proposes a reflection on the alternatives to the urban spread founded on the resources of the possibilities that “great wholes, residential areas and industrial estates”, the dominant matter of the suburban fragmented city.

The “URBAN TRILOGY” is the sum of architectural and urban areas carried out by architecture students on three themes that share one common point: the densification of single function neighbourhoods.

The idea behind this trilogy consists in breaking with a “sectored” architectural and urban vision and to think the renewal of industrial estates with that of often-adjacent housing developments, with city centres, with large communities, with the wide landscape, etc. Indeed, some great challenges are being played in inter-neighbourhood interfaces and liaisons.

The pedagogical intent consists in rethinking the role of “urban fragments” in a communal and territorial mechanism, by putting in place the conditions for a new consistency, in opposition to the often-sterile juxtaposition of urban entities “centre-suburbs / housing developments / facilities / industrial and commercial estates / eco-neighbourhoods”.

The “VIRTUOUS TRILOGY” also envisages urban renewal as a stimulating operating mode, a sort of “urban acupuncture”, an action mode offering an alternative to the two usual modes of operation: the industrial and commercial estate and “dispersed” areas.