Le Havre: Propositions

The following text and images are taken from this year’s School of Architecture and Landscape catalogue.

Postgraduate Diploma Landscape Architecture and MA Landscape & Urbanism, Kingston University.  Tutors: Assoc Prof. Pat Brown/Honore van Rijswijk

Le Havre

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 Image: Le Havre Estuary – Rebecka Gullstrand, MA Landscape + Urbanism

Le Havre and its region provided the context for the studio’s continuing investigations and propositions.

Situated on the estuary of the Seine, itself a national nature reserve of outstanding European significance, Le Havre is France’s largest container port. Beyond the UNESCO World Heritage site of Perret’s reconstructed administrative and cultural centre, its boundaries and buffer zone, we investigated the wider environmental, social and economic future of the city, the port and the region.

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Image:  Le Havre, The Salamanders Way –  Juliana Cedro Stock, MA Landscape + Urbanism

Le Havre is a ‘shrinking city’, with steady population decline since 1975. However this condition embodies potentials for experimentation and testing of new technologies and strategic planning.  In particular, Le Havre’s renewable wind energy development in wind farms and turbine manufacture, the growth of the university sector with specialisms in logistics and maritime research and the strategic repositioning of Le Havre as the Port of Paris.

Les Quartiers Sud which occupy the dynamic interface between city and port, provide spatial and social opportunities for creative action and experimentation. Proposals reactivate the productive potential of the land and the underused basins and waterway network of the historic docks and port.

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Image:  Le Havre,  cross-section Point de Floride – Thomas Bradford, PGDip Landscape Architecture

Propositions include new networks of connectivity, the new bocage, farming of reclaimed post-industrial terrain, the Salamander Way, a reconfigured route from the forest of Montgeon to the mudflats of the Seine, cycle way and sports hub, port campus, greenway, water park, and post-industrial beach. A train tram and cable car link communities and provide ‘observatories-for-all’, for tracking change.


Image: Le Havre, Changing conditions within the tram-train corridor. –  Richard Samuel Jjingo, PGDip Landscape Architecture

Also read:  Le Havre: Shrinking City and UNESCO World Heritage Site and Agence d’Urbanisme de la Région du Havre et de l’Estuaire de la Seine


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