Urban place revitalization: Laurels Forums, 2007-2008
Client: Nantes Habitat, social housing office.
Team: Laurent Melet, sociologist ; Manuella Mercier, architect.


Order: To revitalize a central place in a social housing district as to fight against incivility phenomenas.

Proposal: The place was designed as a metropolitan center: it's too big for a social district so it suffers residual streams.
To succeed in it we took back the Roman forum's principle (created to revitalize the center of the antique city). This allows us to restor a human dimension to the place.

Our proposal is to open a pedestrian stream through secondary places; to develop a central pavilion attracting people from the street to the shops around the place; to create confidence and home-feeling with balconies and playgrounds.
Legal Mentions.