Prospective Visions for Greater Geneva
Fondation Braillard Architectes invited 7 international teams for spatial solutions – urban-architectural and landscape – in support of the ecological transition of urban territories for Greater Geneva. In order to develop scenarios of evolution by the project for the Franco-Valdo-Geneva agglomeration by 2050. Its character is based on the three pillars of sustainable development, namely the environment, the social and the economy. Systematica is part of the international design team led by SBA (Stefano Boeri Architects) and including Michel Desvigne, Baukuh, Bollinger+Grohmann and Armin Linke, among others.
The Greater Geneva (Grand Genève) is a vast territory of 2,000 sq Km including the Swiss cantons of Geneva and Vaud, and the French departments of Ain and Haute-Savoie. Composed of the Canton of Geneva, the District of Nyon and the Pôle métropolitain du Genevois français (French part of Greater Geneva), the territory includes 212 municipalities in total, with Geneva being the main city and the heart of the agglomeration. Greater Geneva will have a considerable demographic increase 0f 500,000 people expected for the 2050. The consultation is expected to propose solutions for lowering CO2 emissions and reducing the ecological footprint. Systematica provided an integrated and comprehensive mobility study and proposal for the Greater Geneva 2050.
Based on submitted proposal, Greater Geneva will become the first and largest zero emission zone of the world, where only electric and green vehicles are allowed. The Mobility Loop is an eco-system, which is zero emission, electrified, smart and connected. The main objective of the comprehensive mobility strategy is enhancing accessibility, improving multimodality and reducing environmental impact of the transport sector, for a sustainable, inclusive and smart Greater Geneva in the future.
The proposal includes a two-layered system of infrastructure; the first is composed of the existing and planned railway system, allowing for an orbital access to the new centralities. The second is a seamless electric and smart ring road, dedicated for e-vehicles only, connecting all new centralities through highways, and primary and secondary roads. The entire fleet of public transport is electrified and interchange hubs are provisioned to facilitate the change to electric public transit, shared and on demand mobility solutions and active modes of transport. Smart roads are digital networks connecting drivers to the internet, supporting driverless vehicle and providing true connectivity between smart cars and smart cities. The circular and direct connection between urban centralities reduces the travel time and number of changes between modes, encouraging the shift towards more sustainable modes of transport.
The last mile connection solutions are provided at e-mobility hubs for on demand and active modes of transport including personal e-vehicles, e-bike, bikes, e-scooters and similar.