AD Classics: Parc Andre Citroen / Alain Provost

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Located on the east bank of the Seine sits one of ’ largest urban renewal projects, Parc Andre Citroen.  As part of a competition in 1985, the former site of the Citroen automobile manufacturing plant would become a new public park that would bridge the urban and rural areas of . The Citroen plant dates back to 1915; however, it was abandoned in 1970s when the company moved further outside of . As part of one of the largest urbanization reclamations in history, began to buy back brownfield sites, in addition renovating others, as part of a city re-beautification process.

Completed in 1992, Parc Andre Citroen was not a singular design, but rather a collective of separate initiatives that converged together. During the competition, the jury was unable to decide on a clear winner, rather suggesting a collaboration of the submissions headed by , landscape architect.  The remaining members of the team included: Gilles Clément, Patrick Berger, Jean-François Jodry, and Jean-Paul Viguier.

More on Parc Andre Citroen after the break.