Redesigning the European City: Amsterdam, Paris...

A session at PICNIC '11

  • Andrew Bullen

Wednesday 14th September, 2011

3:45pm to 5:15pm (AMT)

Redesigning the European City: Amsterdam, Paris ...
International teams of young designers present their winning
solutions and we look towards the next European Street Design Challenge in 2012.

The first European Street Design Challenge at PICNIC in September 2010 succeeded in accomplishing its primary goals: to unite international creatives, designers, festivals and cities in creating a strong and shared vision of an innovative and feasible urban future. The event produced not only inspirational urban design solutions, but also a significant contribution to the debate on the potential of creative European collaboration across diverse cultures.

The second edition of the Challenge at Futur-en-Seine in June 2011 built on this success. The theme of “unity within diversity” was once again explored, not only on a European level, but within the Paris Region itself. In Paris, as in other major cities, urban designers, architects, politicians, creatives and citizens increasingly face the challenge of creating a sense of connectedness and shared identity between the new, expanding suburbs and the old, historic city centre. For Futur-en-Seine, a “border” area linking the city of Paris and the "@93 banlieue” was defined as the target area for redevelopment by young, international designer teams. The challenge was indeed ambitious – to design a “gateway” or “bridge” between the suburbs to the city centre, which is natural, aesthetically balanced and inclusive.

The Challenge event at PICNIC 2011 will present the winning projects from Paris 2011 within both a local urban and European design context. Details of the next challenge will be announced, and international teams will be invited to participate in Futur-en-Seine 2012.

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Netherlands Netherlands, Amsterdam

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Time 3:45pm5:15pm AMT

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