Architects propose transforming Paris suburb into an eco-village

The Garden City of Love: Architects propose transforming Paris suburb into an eco-village

  • Paris-based architects Rescubika have designed an eco-friendly garden city plan to be built around a lake
  • ‘Garden City of the Crescent Moon’ was created to see how new pressures would reshape architecture
  • The idea would see people growing their own basic crops and maintaining their own animals such as cattle

A group of architects and graphic designers have created a vision for what they believe could be the way forward for eco-focused city planning.

The team at Paris-based Rescubika have developed concept images for a garden city, shaped like a crescent moon, which they believe would be able to provide sustainable living to the streets of the French capital.  

The project, called ‘The Garden City of the Crescent Moon’, would see the imagined garden city follow the existing curved shape of the Lac des Minimes in the Bois de Vincennes – a large public park in eastern Paris.

The garden city was developed as part of a project examining how architects may have to adapt their styles to overcome new ecological and environmental challenges.

Commenting on the concept, Rescubika said: ‘We know the story, we don’t deny it, or we don’t destroy it either, we try to improve the urban by transforming it, adapting it to our new way of living the city. 

A group of Paris-based architects and graphic designers have created a vision for what they believe could be the way forward for eco-focused city planning

The team at Rescubika developed concept images for a garden city, shaped like a crescent moon, which they believe would be able to provide sustainable living to the streets of the French capital

The goal for the architects when designing the concept was to try to overcome potential challenges that may arise as the world continues to develop

The project, called ‘The Garden City of the Crescent Moon’, would see the imagined garden city follow the existing curved shape of the Lac des Minimes in the Bois de Vincennes – a large public park in eastern Paris

‘In conclusion, this urban project will take place outside the old city, it will take birth in the heart of the forest, itself created by man for man.’ 

Benoit Patterlini, the lead architect of Rescubika, said that his envisions the project would allow the community to grow their own corn, beans, herbs, and even livestock such as cattle.  

Rescubika conceptualised their garden city design based around two key principles: the proximity of the locally produced goods to urban centres, and the ability for people living in the garden city to enjoy ‘urban facilities’ in their own area.

Aside from the practical benefits, the company also said their design would be good for the environment, claiming that urban agriculture reduces air pollution, CO2 and carbon emissions. 

They also claimed that the architecture style improves soil quality and reduces transport and packaging; makes it possible to raise public awareness of the environment; and facilitates intergenerational and intercultural exchanges.

The entire garden city would be built around an existing lake on the eastern edge of Paris, called the Lac des Minimes

The idea behind the city would be for residents to grow their own crops and possibly even keep their own animals to cut down on the need to transport goods

The architects claim that ‘urban agriculture’ would be good for the environment in that it would reduce air pollution, CO2 and carbon emissions

Rescubika conceptualised their garden city design based around two key principles: the proximity of the locally produced goods to urban centres, and the ability for people living in the garden city to enjoy ‘urban facilities’ in their own area

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