City of the future: what will the metropolis of Lille in 2050?

The grand boulevard in 2050? — Axe Culture

  • Axe Culture is an association in lille, which reflects on urbanism.
  • Its president explains how he sees the city of lille in 2050.
  • He wants to transform the Cross-Laroche in Place of the Star.

In the past, there was question of a skyscraper at Euralille. Today, it refers to
a cable car to connect the future districts of Saint-Sauveur and Fives Cail. The city’s planning appeals to consider the future. But how will Lille in 2050 ? 20 Minutes has requested the association
Axe Culture, a group of reflection on the city of tomorrow at the scale of the metropolis of lille.

Contest development

In the last few months, Axis Culture organised a competition of ideas, where architects are invited to imagine the development of certain sectors by 2050.

“We need to think at the scale of the metropolis, because Lille is a mini-commune, said Thomas Werquin, urban planner and president of Axis Culture. The difficulty is that with a hundred of the common, this metropolis is unmanageable politically. This is why we do not see the urban planning of the Twenty-first century is to draw. “

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For him, it is ” a challenge imposed by globalization “. “The desire for emancipation of a city like Barcelona is that the reflection of the emergence of metropolises, ultra-powerful, which will concentrate a maximum of wealth. “

The Grand boulevard as the axis of development

In the ideal, Thomas Werquin hope that the harmonization of the development around the Grand boulevard. “It is our dada, because Lille should overflow out of the device and become a real entity with Roubaix and Tourcoing. It is necessary to resume the initial project of the grand boulevard in the early Twentieth century for it to become something other than a highway, but on the contrary, the centrality of the metropolis “.

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Thomas Werquin imagine and transform the Croisé-Laroche in place of the Star of lille, with the yards all around. “It is necessary to take advantage of the exceptional architecture to make a city centre attractive and convenient access,” he explains.

Transportation, a major issue

Because the transport will be a major issue in 2050. “About 130,000 people make the daily journey between the centre of Lille, place and administrative work, and the surrounding area, up to the old mining basin. We see that this is no longer tenable “

He wants to spread out the traffic. “Anyway, the tram will need to take a more and more important,” he says. But the housing problem will also become crucial. “If you must see the birth of great buildings, this should be housing around train stations and metro stations. It is there that we will need to build to the height that the inhabitants are close to the means of transport “

And especially, Thomas Werquin would like to see disappear from the implantation anarchic malls. “Every city wants its small area and there is a leak before now. It is necessary to break with this commercial planning. “