BİLSEL / SİNAN / PARLAK
A CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTION AND EXCHANGE: DESIGNING AN IN-CITY CAMPUS FOR A SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE IN PARIS
Designing a school of architecture in Paris is the project of our group in the spring semester 2016-2017. It consists of a new in-city campus for one of the public schools of architecture: École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette, which will be relocated from its initial site to a new location. The project has been conducted in collaboration with the ENSA Paris La Villette on the basis of an initial programming proposed.
A number of sites are suggested for the relocation of Paris La Villette School of Architecture, including a number of alternatives around the Parc de la Villette and in other sectors of the city. The site that we chose for our studio project is located in the southern part of the Parc de la Villette. It lies in between the park and the branch of the canal that separates the park from the surrounding urban fabric at the west. In line with Bernard Tschumi’s initial idea of a park with multiple cultural programs, the Cité de la Musique, Théatre Paris-Villette, Grande Hall and the Philharmonie de Paris actually form significant nodes of culture of the city. Conservatoire de Paris neighbors the site from the south. The placement of the School of Architecture in the Parc de la Villette, is expected to enhance the vitality of an underused part of the park with its students, its continuing life day and night, and its multiple activities.
The schools of architecture, founded after the École des Beaux-Arts came to end in the aftermath of 1968 student events in Paris, were interspersed in the city. Paris La Villette School of Architecture (initially named as the UP-6) was established in an old industrial setting in La Villette in the northeastern sector of the city. As in the case of other schools of architecture, ENSA Paris La Villette has strengthened its mutual ties with the surrounding district in time. The school actually counts 2300 students and around 300 instructors. The new School of Architecture is expected to create a new pole for the education, production and exchange of architecture.
Imagining a creative and inspiring environment for the education of the future architects, a center for the production of ideas and artifacts of art and architecture and exchange of knowledge, ideas, projects and a node of social encounters is what is primarily expected from the designers of the new school of architecture.