Making diversity welcome in Paris. A study looking at new ways of greening the urban environment.

étude - têtière - Accueillir la diversité à Paris

These last few years, the issue of greening has had an important place in debates about the city. Complementary to the first instalment of his study of new ways of greening (Create New Gardens - How to make Paris Greener?), which referred to the newly-established urbanism regulations and explored new practices encouraging the presence of nature within the urban fabric of Paris, Apur commissioned the landscape gardener, Gilles Clément, to reflect on the overall picture of Parisian green spaces. Starting with a statement about innovative practices recently developed on temporarily derelict lots, he puts forward proposals largely inspired by the theory which he has developed, the so-called 'Third Landscape'. “If one is dealing with increasing the diversity of species within an urban environment, he writes, one must be willing to include wasteland along with those areas officially managed by the City. One hopes that these abandoned spaces might be regenerated, always bearing in mind that throughout history, the quantity of wasteland areas has always been considerable in the evolving urban fabric. This brings us  to considering positively everything that up to now has been unclear, inaccessible and  unnamed because judged unworthy of being associated with the city and its population.” In this study, the author suggests that these wastelands be increased and explores the possibilities inherent in the established urban structure, which, up to now, have not been exploited: blind walls, gables, unused clearings, lost corners, etc....

This study, which is not available online, can be consulted, by appointment, at the ressources centre.


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