SS Regeneration

A series of urban interventions in the seafront of Le Havre

Master Thesis Project

University of Thessaly

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Le Havre, France

June 2019

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SS Regeneration is an urban design proposal consisting of a series of urban interventions in the seafront of Le Havre, France. Le Havre which is also the second largest port in France, is currently facing a lot of problems and challenges that raise the question of the city’s future as well as what direction will choose to confront them.

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In order to understand these problems at a deeper level, we research the history, the significance of the port, the city’s development plans and goals for the near future. In this brief research, we will discover the ambitious approach to the matters mentioned before that Le Havre follows. This is an ambition that can be studied in relevance with the ambition we meet in most medium sized french cities on the one hand, and the one we spot in most port-cities on the other hand.

Our design proposal keeps up exactly with this multilevel ambition. Through a series of urban analysis, we define the goals, the exact location, the architectural program and finally the character of our proposal. The final project consists of a port museum, a sports center, three creative workshops, one floating square, a small market and an observatory and it stretches along the seafront of Le Havre. Even though each of these interventions functions as an independent urban entity, they all unify under a common design language ensuring the coherent character of the urban design proposal. 

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01. Sea Sports Center

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02. Workshops

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03. Le Havre Port Museum

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04. Floating Plaza

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05. Market and Observatory

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The reconstructed historic center of the city in the unique modernist style of Auguste Perret and the special character of the city plays a significant role in the design process. In contradiction to the grandiose projects that usually ignore their urban context and character of the cities, being carried out within the speculative ambition mentioned before, SS Regeneration endeavors not only to respect the unique urban identity but incorporate it and eventually highlight it. Thus, SS Regeneration is not another mainstream extravagant urban proposal, but a ship. It is a ship sailing to its mother port, the port of Le Havre. 

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