Expanding the Paris University System | Harvard GSD spring 09 | Andrea Leers, critic [with Kim Cooney, MArch I 2010]
design selected by Minister of Education, France for exhibition at Cite de L’architecture, 2010: 12 Campus du 21E Siecle Exhibition; published, GSD Studioworks
The physical, political and social boundary of Paris, unchanged for nearly 150 years and delineated today by the “Peripherique” ring road has insured a universally admired urban quality inside the city. It has also created a formidable barrier to growth and social continuity. A consortium of universities and advanced research schools will be the the first to breach the boundary in Aubervilliers, an industrial/warehouse district to the north. A new core campus will be the centerpiece of an emerging community within this district.
The campus design featured here interpreted the growth of the Paris region as a framework for new design interventions, investigated how a new university campus and architecture could bridge between inner and outer Paris through strategic displacement of urban boundaries, and defined an urban campus with a distinct identity within the fabric of a developing community.