Archidéelles : here we go for the 5th edition!

Rabot Dutilleul has launched the 5th edition of its call for ideas issued to young architects, urbanists, landscape architects, designers and engineers under the name ARCHIDÉELLES #5 – Towards 3.0 urban link roads, which is due to last from 7th December 2018 to 1st March 2019.

In 1920, Rabot Dutilleul was established with a commitment to the innovation of the time: reinforced concrete. Since then, the company has never stopped innovating by capitalising on new developments: sustainability, technology, design and the real estate value chain. In 2013, by initiating a call for ideas on a regional, national and European scale, Rabot Dutilleul aimed to foster innovation and to make the best of the young talent who would build the city of tomorrow. This year, the candidates are invited to think about the redynamisation of the major link roads that structure our metropolitan areas, i.e. the main boulevards. These complex structures pose multiple challenges, but also give rise to our most redemptive dreams of more sustainable, efficient and attractive cities.        


The candidates are people who have graduated in architecture and design since 2008, or who are registered in academic year 2018-2019 in the 5th year of one of the eligible schools. They have to choose between one of the three following focal areas: 
Lille: within the Lille European Metropolitan area, it is called the Grand Boulevard. Inaugurated in 1909, it links the city of Lille to the cities of Tourcoing and Roubaix and serves the surrounding towns. This Y-shaped boulevard is multimodal, 50 m wide and 14 km long. Today, it features more or less rapid roads, mini-tunnels, a tramway line, a bicycle path and two pedestrian ways on either side. Over time, the boulevard has deteriorated and lost many of its initial qualities, even as far as dividing the land into two sides.   
Paris: In the Paris Île-de-France region, the thinking is focused on Greater Paris. The national road 20 (RN20) starts at porte d’Orléans and heads due south in the direction of Orléans. Today, the quality of use of this type of trunk road has declined significantly.     
Marseille: in this city, the Jarret bypass, built in 1968 will undergo major transformations. As it comprises five boulevards (Maréchal Juin, Françoise Duparc, Sakakini, Jean Moulin and part of Rabatau), it suffers from a very high level of pollution and needs to be better adapted to its purpose. 


How can we live alongside the great boulevards of today and tomorrow? Archidéelles encourages the candidates to think of new hubs capable of adapting to contemporary and future needs. The aim is to focus on upgrading the flows and designing macro or micro architectural projects which restore meaning and innovation, and help territories move towards greater resilience. This leads to taking into account the different types of users: institutions, businesses, retail outlets, non-profit organisations, inhabitants, citizens and bystanders. 
Today, urban and architectural issues are approached from different perspective: ecology, new technologies, sociology, economics, energy, healthcare, transport, agriculture, etc. These factors appear to be essential to any reflection on the 3.0 sustainable and smart development of our towns and cities. Moreover, one of the challenges is to forge new relations with the more or less proximate approaches to affected routes



The candidatures will be examined by a jury panel of professionals in architecture, urban planning and design. This jury panel will select the best submissions on the basis of their innovative nature and quality, but also on the reflection generated. After the meeting of the technical commission on 4th and 5th March 2019, a maximum number of ten projects will be selected whose teams will be auditionned on 21st March. Three prizes will be awarded: 
– 1st prize: 3,000 euros, awarded by Banque Populaire 
– 2nd prize: 2,000 euros, awarded by Vilogia
– 3rd prize: 1,000 euros, awarded by Rabot Dutilleul

At the end of this process, a publication will be produced containing all the selected projects including the profiles of the candidates. The announcement of the results and the prize-giving  ceremony will take place in the evening of the 30th April 2019. The 10 selected projects will be exhibited on the premises of the WAAO (the Lille architecture centre) for an indefinite period. 
The three prizewinners will benefit in 2019 from one year of membership of the AMO Hauts-de-France association. Finally, if they wish, the nominees will be given opportunities to speak during symposiums and discussions. Rabot Dutilleul will help them to meet a maximum number of professionals from the world of architecture and to speak during workshops and events held in the Hauts-de-France region.

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