Upside Town

“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks”
( Inception – Christopher Nolan )


Design Team: Benghi, Calini, Cicognani, Pettoni Possenti

The proposed study area of Saint-Brieuc Municipality raises the question of the separation between the city centre and the Légué area, one elevated on the top the other lying along the valley.

The distance that separates the two pieces of Saint Brieuc is both horizontal and vertical. Also, the centre is deeply connoted by human activities with no pauses or wide open spaces, while the Légué lacks in functions and landmarks. The distance is also a space, a physical location whose extension can be filled out with opportunities. In this regard, a street or a bicycle way is expected to exploit its hosting capacity to develop social features and connectivity functions.

According to a new definition of the relationship between town and nature “Upside Town” aims to propel the union of the two parts by implanting the best features of each in the other.


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