Beyond Paris: The Palaiseau Campus at Paris Saclay
Edited by: Andrea P. Leers
Publisher: Harvard University Graduate School of Design
From the foreword:
"For the second time, the proposed Paris-Saclay project has been the subject of a studio organized and led by Andrea Leers. The plan for Paris-Saclay is to build a campus to the south of Paris, just a few miles from Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower that can compete with the most distinguished centers of global research and attract the best students and top researchers in the world. The project is based, in particular on the existing synergy between a cluster of powerful basic research institutions in physics and mathematics, and an important engineering hub.
The intent of the studio was to study the future urban and landscape possibilities of a particular sector of this vast project—the area called le Moulon—which will soon bring three "Grandes Écoles" of engineering (a French specialty) together with a new university pole, centered on biology and health. I note in passing that this group fits perfectly in the new model of "convergence" between engineering, physics, biology, and medicine recently proposed by researchers at MIT, and as noted in a report to the AAAS. In terms of urban and landscape development, the challenge is not an easy one. How to create a campus atmosphere in a fairly dreary environment? How to bring both a residential and urban vitality to the campus? How to manage the relationship and the transition with a vast protected agricultural area adjacent to the campus?"