La construction contemporaine des paysages fluviaux urbains (le cas de deux villes nord méditerranéennes : Perpignan et Montpellier)

Abstract : There is currently a trend for the rehabilitation of rivers in urban areas in landscape architecture. This contemporary construction of river landscapes has an impact on the urban imaginary and form. Many north mediteranean towns follow this movement, even if they have historically withdrawn and protected themselves from their torrential rivers. Does this phenomenon reveal a new approach in urban planning ? The research hypothesis is based on the idea that rivers in several french mediteranean towns begin to play a structuring role, especially in initiating urban development srtategies. In order to validate our hypothesis, we are studying various riverbank landscape schemes in Perpignan and Montpellier. Describing riverbank planning and design practises, the physical transformation of riverbanks, and collecting written and oral discourses found in press papers, projects documents and interviews. The results show that the river is not a frontier anymore : it is a new urban centrality. At the heart of urban strategies rivers are a key part of the landscape infrastructure, and play a large role in its patrimonial functions. The town is to be re-natured by the river's presence which brings an authentic vegetative materiality and provides an important geographical landmark. Yet urban waterfronts provide attractive environments, often identified as areas for expansion. What are the limits of their status evolution : from way of productivity to symbol of nature ?
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Fanny Romain. La construction contemporaine des paysages fluviaux urbains (le cas de deux villes nord méditerranéennes : Perpignan et Montpellier). Architecture, aménagement de l'espace. AgroParisTech, 2010. Français. ⟨NNT : 2010AGPT0067⟩. ⟨pastel-00565209⟩

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