We deem the contemporary urban fabric an opportunity for exploration. A chance to seek out new practices by combining diverse programmes. We view
We deem the contemporary urban fabric an opportunity for exploration. A chance to seek out new practices by combining diverse programmes. We view this opportunity for a montage — a blend — as a way to ensure social, architectural, and economic diversity. One can indefinitely blend purposes, and thereby renew the urban fabric, whether working with a historical area or a new construction. Diversity of use can be achieved in many different ways: new methods of managing the temporalities of occupation, the empowerment of the ground level, creation of services or new methods of addressing within an urban island, energy mutualisation potential, shared spaces, etc. However, one can also look at the extension and transformation of the programmes themselves, in terms of their engagement with new activities and new audiences. As for regulatory, structural, and legal restrictions, achieving diversity is a true challenge and requires a triple expertise: architectural, technical and urban. Our experience in terms of large-scale projects, their conception, as well as their implementation in collaboration with a diversity of stakeholders allows us to achieve this ambition and to advocate for a prospective outlook on every programme, existing or not. From the stadium to the hospital, the air base to the brownfield site, the business to the garden, every programme must be looked at through the prism of interconnexion, multi-functionality, flexibility, and reversibility. In that sense, the urban island becomes a playing field. Depending on the context, the opportunities and the expectations, we will strive to increase its porosity and redefine the frontier between public and private spaces. Thus, we conjure up new open environments that complement the urban fabric, where one can work, live, consume, enjoy culture or relax in the framework of a shared urban dynamic. Our approach to diversity is crosscutting and horizontal: overlapping programmes, allowing them to transform, to be shared, to be owned and to achieve reversibility is, in our view, a crucial element for future societies.