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Rencontres au fil de l’eau

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// Simon Denis

Integrating accessibility and intermodal facilities into marinas

This walks along the waterside "Promenades au fil de l’eau" project looks at how to make the port of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie infrastructure accessible to the increasing number of elderly pleasure boaters.

What is the role of design in a project as huge as the development of a port? In order to define usable spaces and spaces for economic development, it is primarily essential to coordinate the project’s stakeholders: port managers for economic viability, engineers for technical feasibility, architects for the infrastructure, as well as users, in order to define the specifications for an “augmented” infrastructure which is fully integrated into the town.

The issue of accessibility for all is at the very heart of this infrastructure project. Accessibility is not merely a question of standards for persons with reduced mobility. A major project, this is also the pretext for reconsidering how spaces are used. Far from being considered as just a way to “keep up” with standards, the design for all initiative improves the usability of infrastructures which are ordinarily dedicated to transport.

This project is exhibited at Hangar 32 at “Design l’Expo”, from 28th November 2014 to 25th January 2015.

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