EXPOFRANCE 2025 -
Une Exposition Territorialisée/Strategical Master Planning
My Erasmus placement at L’École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage-Versailles, started with a European Workshop. In groups we were asked to analyse France on various scales and put forward proposals for the World ExpoFrance 2025. My group were tasked with analysing France as a whole and were asked to pinpoint key areas in which the Expo could focus. After a few days gathering information we presented our ideas to the class, visiting professors and notable people associated with the Expo, including the Director himself. We illustrated our evidence for why Energy, Tourism and Agriculture where the main subjects that should be explored within ExpoFrance 2025. We also indicated that future advertisement and investment in regions which have a particularly strong relationship with these industries could enliven France as a whole by creating nodes of activity all across the country associated with the Expo.
Upon completion of the European Workshop, I was tasked with continuing the work on some of the themes on an individual basis. I utilised an idea brought up within the workshop; working with France under different long term ‘growth scenarios’. I chose one hypothetical scenario shown above (left) which examined a possible population migration were France’s inhabitants would spread across the country and move out of the cities. I deliberately didn’t give the proposals a timescale to allow for a more theoretical study and one that wasn’t restricted by today’s technology. Although I didn’t chose to work further with the nuclear energy theme, I have left their markings on the drawings to show their proximity to the national nature reserves and the cities. This independant study was short (1 week in total) but coming from Scotland I found it a very good way to understand some of the primary issues concerning the French landscape.
Two basic options shown here indicating how different approaches to riparian edges could not only help link green corridors in France but also reveal its surrounding landscape to its users. Where increased vegetation is needed (above), it could be added alongside the waterways whilst continuing to allow for public access, boosting the ecological value of the area yet continuing to provide a function to its users passing through. On the other hand, where the waterways pass through areas of culturally important landscapes, clearings could be made (where appropriate) to afford the visitor the experience of the wider landscape placing them within a context they can associate with. This study was short but hopes to provide some different ideas alongside the French national project ‘Tram Bleu et Verte’.