End-of-studies Design Project Teaching Ecosystems / Natural environments Innovation / Technology / Experimental Livability / Social Practices Mobility / Transportation
Sélestat, France

Footsteps towards Nature

Mobility system design for slow tourism in Sélestat
Chunsi TIAN (Tracy)
Original language
University course
Double Master's Degree Program ENSAS-CAUP Tongji

Built around the city of Selestat (Alsace), this design project promotes a new approach to mobility and sustainable travel around the region's tourist attractions, and thus attempts to limit the use of individual motorized vehicles. In this sense, soft mobility and intermodality are favored in order to set up circuits better connected by eco-responsible modes of transport and offering a new experience to tourists in the discovery of the region and its local culture with a low territorial and environmental impact.
The key concepts carried by this approach are "connectivity, vitality and seasonality", which emphasize temporary installations and the consideration of local characteristics of the Rhine Valley territory. The project highlights the natural attributes of the landscape and local culture, and relies on the character of the sites to extract sensory experiences "visual, vocal, olfactory, gustatory, tactile". The strategy proposes three levers for action and development. First, the project attempts to establish a circuit serving slow tourism on a regional scale. Second, the project strengthens the connection between mobility nodes and revives the public spaces punctuating the circuit. Finally, the design focuses on the guidance and programmatic organization of two types of transit stations - entry points and rest areas.

Keywords sustainable mobility, slow tourism, temporary urbanism