6 July 2012
OMA exhibits new vision for Bordeaux
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The exhibition "Bordeaux 50000," held at arc en rêve in Bordeaux,
displays an urban strategy by OMA that addresses the city's bold
ambition to expand housing with 50,000 new dwellings by 2030. Led
by Rem Koolhaas and Clement Blanchet, the project, commissioned by
the CUB (Bordeaux
Urban Community) proposes visions for three sites in Bordeaux
that vary in terms of population, scale, and density.
The three sites - Bordeaux Lac, Merignac Soleil, and Begles-Villenave - present distinct conditions that demand specificforms of urbanism as new gateways to the city of Bordeaux. The project, at the urban scale, proposes an equilibriumbetween ecology and urbanity. Architecturally, it proposes building types that innovatively address the demands for human growth in terms of housing, commerce, and public space.
Blanchet, OMA's director of French projects, commented:
"Bordeaux's current instability stops masterplanning from coming to
fruition and demands radical alternatives that negotiate between
public and private sectors; political chaos yields creative