Seine Workshop, a shared vision for the site of the River Seine

A place for exchanging views so as to establish a common vision of the site of the River Seine within Paris and its development in a timeless and forward-looking context.

View of the banks of the River Seine with the Louvre Museum in the background © Apur

On 18th November 2018, during a Council of Paris session, Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris responsible for urbanism, architecture, Grand Paris projects, economic development and  attractiveness, announced the launching of the Seine Workshop aimed at bringing together all parties involved in the river, its embankments and adjacent areas in order to form a shared vision of the Seine.

This forum for dialogue is accompanied and information is provided by Apur which has included the task of following and facilitating the Seine Workshop in its 2019-2020 Partnership Work Programme.

The boundaries of the Seine Workshop involve the stretch of the Seine that flows through Paris. It is not limited to the Unesco boundaries but covers all 30 km of the river banks in Paris. 

The Seine Workshop is coordinated with and complementary to the Committee of River Activities (CUF) headed by the Regional Prefect.

The aim is to produce a white paper by the end of year 2019 which includes a common strategic corpus and a notebook of the participants’ contributions

Organised in different thematic workshops, the Paris Seine Workshop is:

  • A place to discuss the various aspects of defining the extended Unesco boundaries and the creation of buffer zones (Ile aux Cygnes, Tour Saint-Jacques, Jardin des Plantes…).
  • A place to exchange ideas in order to draw up initiatives that preserve and enhance this exceptional landscape, its beauty and rich legacy and to facilitate access to it for everybody.
  • A moment of dialogue about the different future projects planned for the Seine site by different key players, a time for developing a shared vision about projects.
  • A space for discussing a comprehensive doctrine for the wider landscape of the Seine.

6 thematic workshop will be organised. Summarising notebooks will be produced and published on the Apur internet site. Workshops will address the following thematics:

  • Workshop 1 (29 January 2019): Introductory session, the Seine Workshop’s objectives and work process, a common vision.
  • Workshop 2 (25 March 2019): Discussion about the approach toward the Seine site legacy (Unesco boundaries, buffer zone, management and enhancement plan…). 
  • Workshop 3 (24 April 2019): Building an overall vision of projects adjacent to the Seine, sharing dynamics, contextualising, changing landscapes
  • Workshop 4 (27 June 2019): Uses of the Seine site (river traffic, economic tourism, recreational activities, biodiversity, urban cool islands…).
  • Workshop 5 (September 2019): The notebook of architectural and landscape requirements for the Seine site (1999), thoughts on how it can be updated linked to the evolution of uses and climatic urgency. 
  • Workshop 6 (October 2019): Wrap-up session.

     

Resources

Documents to download

  • Workshop 1 (29 January 2019): Introductory session

    Format : pdf, 18.16 MB
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  • Workshop 2 (25 March 2019): Discussion about the approach toward the Seine site legacy

    Format : pdf, 30.54 MB
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  • Workshop 3 (24 April 2019): Building an overall vision of projects adjacent to the Seine, sharing dynamics, contextualising, changing landscapes

    Format : pdf, 26.8 MB
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