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A. Biehler, 'Carouge', AA Diploma 14, 2020
Student Project by Alix Biehler, AA Fifth Year, AA Diploma 14, 2020 for 'Carouge: Compromise and the Maintenance of Industrial Sites'

Carouge is a project which rewrites the relationship of life and work in the city. The scarcity of land and our awareness for wastage has drawn us to think very differently from the modernist architect and city councils; who separated both in an endless horizontal expansion. Rather, it aims at maintaining industrial sites by introducing housing within.

As the project mediates with the existing morphology of industrial sites, program and conflicting needs of current and future occupiers, the process is impure and involves compromise. Compromise as a form of care, maintenance and design, enabling housing to bring synergies and act as binding agent between stakeholders.

In fact, Carouge, also site of the project, is built as a trade town in 1772 and precisely emanates this sense of compromise, or milieu. A compromise from its unfinished grid and mundane façade, to it unplanned courtyards. Yet, precisely because of this method, Carouge was a unique place which empowered minorities to entrepreneurship and community. Thus, the project is somewhat of a reenactment and in turn, becomes a critique on zoning, density, adaptation and policy.

Carouge is a neighbourhood, an urban tool, to challenge and elaborate on new mechanisms of urban development and cohabitation.
Alix Biehler
Diploma Unit 14
Pier Vittorio Aureli; Maria Giudici
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