CS 11: Case Study 11: Communicating the Environment Through the Architectural Linguistic Code
Architectural works and design objects are able not only to communicate the Environment but also to interact directly with the ecosystem as if they were “living beings”. Hence the birth of Théâtre Evolutif—Evolutive Theatre (Fig. 41.1) created in Bordeaux (France) on the project by the Architecture firm OOZE with the purpose to “placemaking” an ideal site to exchange ideas, experiences, sensations, emotions and memories. The inspiration takes it origins from an existing urban space: the city square André Meunieur. A historical place that had lost in time its “social” value of a meeting point, transformed into an anonymous pedestrian area to walk through quickly, in the frantic daily routine. What could be done to integrate this area into the city “ecosystem”? Coming back to the natural world. It was in fact considered the best medium to facilitate the dialogue and the communication. In the city heart of Bordeaux, then, a natural area, continuously evolving was born made up of a wild bush, cultivated fields and even an open-air farm to be eco-managed. This is the result of a decisional participated project involving directly the residents of Saint-Michel Quarter particularly sensitive to innovation at the service of Environment.