Revitalizing Le Boupère (Vendée)
Revitalizing Le Boupère town center in Pouzauges
1st year students in MDes Mutations of the Built Environment and Urban Design worked on a prospective seminar. For 6 students in MDes Mutations of the Built Environment, this prospective project carried out at the end of May 2018 was an opportunity to formalize the needs expressed by residents (in workshops) regarding urban renewal and new possible uses of Le Boupère town center in partnership with the municipality and urban planning departments.
The teaching objectives of this prospective seminar were:
- Developing the managerial dimension of the complex design project in its prospective dimension and using innovation workshops with residents.
- Understanding the partner/company/socio-economic context and relationships with the various stakeholders.
- Learning to incorporate the prospective approach in the context of this approach in terms of service design and global design: uses, technology, objects & spaces.
- Becoming independent in terms of organization, choice of methods and tools for visualization, conceptualization and formalization.
The students worked in several different production phases:
- Immersion: 2 days
o Taking into account the different elements of the project context through in situ immersion.
o Identifying the main areas of use through talking to users in workshops
- Instruction: 1 day
o Adopting the main focuses of strategic planning expressed by the partner
o You will have to outline the spaces/products/interfaces/services where design will be used.
o The proposal should be adapted to the user type.
- Conceptualization: 3 days
o Approach in terms of global design (projection of uses, ambiances, etc.) before/during/after, with the focus on the present in order to supplement the diagnostics of the architects and urban planners
o The role of context (in the broadest sense of the term) in the experience per se, in the reversibility of the street furniture and in the positioning strategy within the town.
o Description of the experience depending on user type.
- Finalization and presentation: 2 days
o Illustration of function and experience (prototypes, videos, models, images, etc.)
o Showcasing the innovative features of the global experience with its new and multiple uses (specific points of interaction between users, space and interfaces).
Under the guidance of two designers, Clémentine Laurent Polz and Camille Chevroton and a Project mentor, Éric de Oliveira, head of urban planning and housing for the Pays de Pouzauges, the students’ global approach was presented in the form of a poster, a slideshow and/or a video (depending on the requirements of the partner or teaching staff) to the Municipal Council of the Pays de Pouzauges.