FRANCOIS LECLERC / TER / RÉMY MARCIANO / JACQUES SBRIGLIA / SETEC
At the conclusion of an international urban planning competition that began in July 2008, a panel of elected officials, technicians and professionals chaired by Guy Tessier named the winner on November 12 who is to develop and implement the Urban Planning and Development (PAUD) program for the Euroméditerranée extension. To put it plainly, this is the roadmap for the project, the overall plan that will guide development over the entire perimeter. The team selected is led by Francois Leclercq/TER, in association with Remy Marciano/Jacques Sbriglia and the Setec Groups. The team has committed itself for 9 years, alongside Euroméditerranée, to provide the project management for a broad urban development operation, which includes designing the PAUD by 2010, the urban integration studies in 2011-2012, the consultation and communication on the parallel project, and the project management for the worksites within the extension’s first Mixed Development Zone (ZAC) around 2013. The project selected in the competition is not etched in stone: it is rather a very detailed outline of the entire face of the future Marseille, in compliance with the specifications that have been defined today by Euroméditerranée’s partners, but may change tomorrow when they come in contact with the housing projects and facilities that these same financial partners have scheduled on the perimeter. All this is basically to solve a major issue that Euroméditerranée has dealt with for the last 15 years: How to create a quality of life that will benefit all the residents of Marseilles while rebuilding ‘the city on the city’? The design principles adopted for the extension provide new answers. And even at this status, the canvas heralds major changes. . .
The heart of Metropolitan Marseille What do you see if you look at a map of the Euroméditerranée extension’s perimeter? A strategic area at the crossroads of major arteries to Aix-en-Provence, Marignane and the Aubagne Airport… This is also where the Aygalades stream flows into the Mediterranean after descending from the heights of the Etoile and Nerthe mountains. This confluence is one the keys to the urban renewal project selected for Euroméditerranée II. This is not only where a new city district will be constructed: it is also a new center of the greater metropolitan area, with major facilities and a very attractive coastline.
A long brook-side nature park The development plans propose for the Aygalades stream to surge back to life from out of the bowels of Marseille to become the guiding thread of a14-hectare urban park laid out along its length. A continuation of the Billoux Francis Park, the new Aygalades Park starts at the Boulevard du Capitaine Segev and extends to the sea along the leafy course of the Rue d’Anthoine. It is a vast nature area, with walkways along the water, and recreational and sports activities. This park will become the vegetation link between Euroméditerranée II and the adjacent districts (Le Canet, Les Crottes...) while fulfilling its role as a creek basin during torrential rains
A promenade laid out “on top" of the A55 What do we do with the A55? This question was asked of all the candidates in the urban planning competition. The winning project certainly doesn’t lack for boldness: it proposes to bury the coastal highway in a sarcophagus! Between the CMA-CGM Tower and the Cape Pinède interchange, the bridge will disappear and be replaced by an expressway semi-buried in the slope overlooking the Arenc railyard “with a view of the sea.” Above it, the project involves the construction of a coastal pedestrian Corniche as an extension of the Rue de Paris, making it possible to walk 1 km while 15 m above the train tracks and the harbor and enjoying a view of the sea ... And all without a car!
The largest square in Marseille The new Corniche, along with the Rue de Lyon, the Boulevard du Capitaine Segev and the Rue André Allar, trace the outline of an area that could become the center of Euroméditerranée II. The project suggests a choice here between several major metropolitan facilities: a Palais des Evenements [Expo Hall], a five continents market, a major hotel, or a public plaza of a heretofore unseen dimension in Marseille, on the order of 2 ha...
The urban planners have already found the nickname for this great idea: the XXL area.
Close to the center of a new quality of life And of course, this is where we'll be housed, move about, work, relax, run errands, grow and play, in short, where we will live in this area. The number of residents and jobs is going to increase tenfold in ten years. Creating such appeal involves a profound transformation of the neighborhoods within the perimeter (Arenc, Les Crottes, Le Canet...) while preserving the small-town qualities of the existing construction and the typical industrial architecture. Designed to lay the foundations for a sustainable Mediterranean development model, the development project combines renovation and the construction of many high environmental performance homes, and the locations of shops and local facilities (schools, kindergartens, local groups, sports ...) and new capabilities to host high added-value business activities and integrate public transportation (metro, tram, TER ...) with green modes of transportation (pedestrians, bicycles ... ), the creation of tree-lined neighborhood routes and pathways for more tranquil traffic circulation... This is all in full continuity with the surrounding neighborhoods (Bellevue, La Cabucelle...), which will benefit from this dynamic expansion.
The Euroméditerranée II neighborhoods that have been marked by their industrial past (180 sites identified) and constrained by significant logistical facilities will come back to life and draw new breath... Like the streets of Le Canet, where the views today are obscured by warehouses, which could soon open onto a lush park…
The other projects that reached the finals of the competition: