Theory
BRL 04 - 03 - 2010

The Transition Transition is one key attribute we find in design that stirs progress and strengthens identity. Throughout tour I have seen this trend from a city planning scale down to single project level. Paris is a great example of transitions urban locations undergo, reviving the discarded by acknowledging heritage in opposing ways. On a district level the Bercy Village of Paris is a success story. What was once crumbling wine warehouses of the 19th century are now 'chic' shops, restaurants, a theater, and even a circus museum connected by the pedestrian path. In the 1990's Valode & Pistre won the redevelopment completion with their open air street concept reflecting Parisian street culture. Transitions from work environment to entertainment district consider what is needed for today's culture while acknowledging the site's heart in street life. Despite the renovation, the old barrel transport rails still remain, reminding users of the rich history of the region. At a more intimate scale the Promenade Plantee has also evolved the use of the site by revitalizing the discarded. The outdated metro line is now a garden walk leading to Opera Bastille with shops below filling in the arch's of the viaduct. Here transition from rail to pedestrian gives users the opportunity to not only experience life at street level among the shops, but also above the scene. The promenade elevates users forcing them out of routine to see the city in a new perspective. It allows valuable historic details like The Dying Slave statues of the police station to be seen closer, something that might be missed walking down below. While the Bercy Village reclaims and mirrors the street life with its 'in the action' concept the promenade exposes heritage through a window above. Image one- view of the wine warehouses of Bercy Village Image two- view of the Promenade Plantee atop the viaduct arts district

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