The future of the Greater Geneva.
Seven ecological transition scenarios
Consultation on the Greater Geneva: the final presentation
24 September 2020
7 avenue de Châtelaine, 1203 Geneva
The Braillard Architects Foundation and its partners* had the pleasure of organising the final presentation of the work by the seven multidisciplinary teams who worked for more than a year on the “Prospective visions for Greater Geneva. Inhabiting the city-landscape of the 21st century” Consultation.
Under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Program, this event took place on September 24th, 2020, at the Espace Hippomène of the HEAD, in a mixed format (in person and online) thus taking into account sanitary conditions in Switzerland and in the places of origin of the invited personalities.
During this day of dialogue and discussion, teams of architects, town planners, landscapers, experts in ecology, urban agriculture, and human and social sciences presented the results of their in-depth studies on the future of the cross-border metropolis through the prism of the principles of the ecological transition.
How to create resilience in the face of the extreme effects of global warming and pandemic crises? How to reduce the consumption of resources to guarantee the sustainable development of our urban societies? What will be the role of the Greater Geneva in cities and regions committing to a carbon-free society?
The Greater Geneva Consultation could thus anticipate and apply the objectives of an alternative, transitional and ecological development, which the COVID-19 crisis has brought to light, in the specific case of the cross-border metropolis the Greater Geneva. Actively supported by a multiplicity of partners, the strength of this action is aimed not only at politicians, but also at the media and civil society, the primary and essential players of change.
Reception of the public – 8:15
Introduction & short speeches – 8:45
- Panos Mantziaras, Director of the Braillard Architects Foundation
- David Chikvaidze, Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya
- Pierre-Jean Crastes, President of the Community of communes of Geneva, third vice-president in charge of finance, partnership policies and agglomeration projects of the Greater Geneva
- Antonio Hodgers, President of the State Council of the Canton of Geneva
Part 1 – The teams
- Greater Geneva and its soil. Property, ecology, identity – 9:30
Milica Topalovic – ETHZ DARCH, Florian Hertweck – Université du Luxembourg and Rolf Jenni – Raumbureau.
- The great crossing: in search of singular ecologies –10:15
Franck Hulliard – Interland, Nicolas Tixier – Bazar Urbain, Pascal Amphoux – Contrepoint, Miguel Georgieff – Coloco, Benoît Molineaux – Coopérative Équilibre, Michel Lussault – Lyon Urban School , Adrián Torres Astaburuaga – Lyon Urban School
- Metabolising the invisible – 11:00
Matthias Armengaud – Agency AWP, Marc Armengaud – AWP, Martin Rein-Cano – Topotek 1, Dieter Dietz – Laboratory Alice-EPFL.
- Energy Landscape – 11:45
Oscar Buson – Raum404, Lorenz Eugster – Lorenz Eugster Landscape architecture and urbanism, Sascha Roesler – Università della Svizzera italiana, Guido Rindfüser – Emch+Berger, Thiébaut Parent – Drees & Sommer, Giulia Scotto – Urban Studies – University of Basel.
Lunch break – 12:30 – 14:00
Part 2 – The teams
- Resource regions – 14:00
Nathalie Mongé, Raphaël Niogret, Séraphin Hirtz and Thomas Bolliger– Apaar, David Martin – Sofies, Sébastien Munafò – 6-t mobilité, Team Academy HES-SO, Irene Gil – Illustrations
- On soil and work: The transition, a new biopolitical project – 14:45
Paola Viganò, Luca Pattaroni, Vincent Kaufmann, Corentin Fivet – Habitat Research Center– EPFL, Pascal Boivin – HEPIA, Olivier Crevoisier – University of Neuchâtel, Walter Stahel –Product Life Institute
- Geneva: metropolitan constellation – 15:30
Stefano Boeri – Stefano Boeri Architetti, Michel Desvigne – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, Pier Paolo Tamburelli – Baukuh, Tommaso Bitossi – Transsolar Klima-Engineering, Filippo Bazzoni – Systematica, Eugenio Morello – DAStU Politecnico di Milano.
Part 3 – 17:00 – 18:30
- Round table and conclusion
The day will be produced in partnership with Léman Bleu TV.
By participating in this event, guests authorise the Braillard Architects Foundation to use the photos and videos from this day on which they may appear.