How to get rid of the "everything-by-car" paradigm that shapes our lives and rural landscapes from the North to the South of France? As our lifestyles are getting more standardized, our freedom to design territories shrinks day-after-day. Beyond the original ideal, living in a pavilion that looks like your neighbour’s, shopping at the closest hypermarket, and driving over always longer distances to access services can become a daily annoyance in the more isolated territories. To what extent will we defend the individualistic model? Our main assumption is that, in a crisis context, this model is out of breath and it is now time for sharing. Housing should reconnect with society. To "stay-in-one's-place" has to become more active, and urban planners must adopt a citizen-centred approach, which society can endorse.
Our method is based on the need to address each case, in a sensitive and fragile rural environment. Each island and therefore each imaginary space is an answer to a specific context. It is an archipelago of contextual and autonomous islands. Their number, their nature and their order of appearance adapt to local needs.
1. Housing Island
Create catalysts such as common spaces based on collective use programs managed by residents and replace the citizen in a participatory initiative towards his environment
2. Pavillonnaire Island
Seize the opportunity of available wasteland to offer cooperative programs auto managed by residents shaping a new federative identity for the neighborhood
3. Equipment Island
Create influential areas through proximity facilities with cooperative programs
4. Mix Island
Foster functional diversity and better develop partnerships between traders and local producers
5. Village Centres Island
Present new shared spaces to solve existing weaknesses: small proportion of external spaces and lack of parking areas
The flexible structure of the archipelago promotes diversity in terms of programming, scale and identity. Its morphogenesis is based on non- rigid rules that allow it to adapt to a variation of local conditions without limits.
Our aim was rather to develop a permanent framework enabling residents to create a potential imaginary together with the local elected representatives. This framework can support an imaginary both poetic and functional.