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CALL FOR APPLICATION FRENCH GUIANA 2016 - ONLY A FEW WEEKS LEFT TO APPLY ! Take part in the international workshop planning in French Guiana - Saint-Laurent du Maroni, The Urban Transition of a French City in the Amazon

From a Thousand Villages on the River to a Connected Cross-Border City

International urban planning workshop in Saint-Laurent, French Guiana - 6 May 2016 to 20 May 2016 - Professionals from all countries and specializations can apply

Deadline to apply:
21st February 2016, 11pm Paris time

Saint-Laurent, the city of the Maroni River, is a mosaic city on the border with Suriname, on the most western side of French Guiana. The city is today witnessing an exponential demographic growth and facing numerous urban, socio-economic and environmental challenges.

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The topic

The workshop aims at defining a development strategy for Saint-Laurent, on both sides of the river, at the horizon of 2060. It will seek to develop a vision to support the transformation of this city of 45, 000 inhabitants into an attractive regional pole of 150,000 inhabitants, in just a few decades.

Key issues

Creating new urban forms, strengthening the economic engines, redefining the city relation to its river, finding cross-border complementarities, developing of project for the territory, based on the specificities of Saint Laurent and its diverse populations, transforming a city facing important natural constraints, giving a new dimension to regional balances.

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Les Ateliers – international workshops of planning and urban design – is a non-profit organization aiming at developing the collective creation of ideas that tackle the challenges and processes of everyday city planning and design. We have been organizing for 30 years workshops allowing to bring a fresh look on urban issues, to vary scales, to forget administrative boundaries, to rethink territories.

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