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Densification of disused railway areas

Applicant Jaccaud Jean-Paul
Number 107140
Funding scheme NRP 54 Sustainable Development of the Built Environment
Research institution EPFL ENAC-Ecole d'architecture
Institution of higher education EPF Lausanne - EPFL
Main discipline Architecture and Social urban science
Start/End 01.01.2006 - 31.12.2009
Approved amount 247'879.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Architecture and Social urban science
Political science

Keywords (5)

Disused railway areas; compact planification; mobility; interactive social programs; mixity of activities

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
Transforming abandoned railway areas into living space

Encouraging urban development that is not structured around automobiles essentially requires an efficient network of urban railway transport and access to city centres. This link between transportation and city development makes the disused railway areas interesting: 200 such areas exist today, with an overall expanse of 2.8 million square metres. In the light of their age, the modifications they are undergoing or their current abandonment, these areas must be investigated in detail.

The project will analyse the conditions for redeveloping disused railway areas. Further, it will identify what brief would allow the development of a compact city, which would attract housing, social and cultural activities.

The research will systematically examine viewpoints from architecture to town planning to social sciences. In a first step, analysis and reflections based on the present inventory will address the issues raised by disused railway areas.Three sites, situated in or near larger cities, will be examined (Fribourg, Lausanne, Zurich). The project requires participative civilian action. The recommendations which result from the project will be incorporated into a charter for the urban redevelopment of disused railway areas.

There are currently several obstacles which are hampering the urban redevelopment of disused railway areas, such as their negative public image. The research will identify these obstacles and offer recommendations for overcoming them.
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