This most complex project requires all urban planning skills: urban form, the infrastructural dimension, a chaotic site.
The Porte d’Aix (Aix gate) illustrates the brutal confrontation between bruised fragments of the old town and the vast blocks of the modern city. Modern oxymorons – garden city, green town, individual tower block, etc. – are embodied in a generic oxymoron, the wide gap.
We do not suggest sacrificing anything:
- neither to the structured square;
- nor to a large empty space in its most urban form, i.e. a public park.