Publication Research Innovation / Technology / Experimental Collective book
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg Métropole. La Ville-Energie: Futurs Possibles

Cristiana MAZZONI, Roberta BORGHI
Original language

The book proposes a reflection on the energy transition at work in Strasbourg and highlights the "city of short distances" as a development model, with reference to the historical model of the Rhine cities, which form a polycentric network of compact cities along the great river. This model is in line with the philosophy of sustainable development through its fight against urban sprawl, by advocating functional and social diversity, innovative and less energy-consuming forms of travel, and a reduction of the environmental footprint. Strasbourg, in its energy policy related to travel, has distinguished itself for some thirty years as a laboratory for a human-scale metropolis. Through the development of an urban and peri-urban network of bicycle paths, a "pedestrian magisterium", and new forms of light rail connected to "high speed", the city has built quality public spaces and introduced "slowness" (that of the tramway as well as that of pedestrians and bimodal electric cars) as the watchword of its travel system. The primary objective of the book is to show the reflections, debates and projects that have made it possible to combine technical innovation and architectural quality, while at the same time laying the foundations for the construction of a metropolis of short distances, both smart and human.

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Strasbourg Métropole