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The City of Versailles is rewarded for the creation of the Gobert Ponds garden crossing at the 2nd edition of the Mobility Trophies in Île-de-France / Category "Public Space - Designing the city for pedestrians".

The Mobility Awards recognise exemplary projects carried out in the field of transport and mobility in the Paris Region and whose objectives are in line with the challenges defined in the Ile-de-France Urban Travel Plan (PDUIF). In this context, the City of Versailles was rewarded for the completion of the Gobert Ponds garden passage.
As part of the development of the multimodal hub of the Chantiers, the Gobert Ponds garden was redeveloped in 2013 by landscape designers Michel Desvignes and Inessa Hansch.

Versailles-Chantiers: opening up the 2nd station in the Île-de-France region as part of a complete urban redevelopment of the district

Open to the public in September 2013, the Gobert Ponds Garden Passage is a landscaped link that will open up the area around Versailles-Chantiers station, the second largest station in the Paris Region in terms of passenger flows (64,000 passengers/day today, 86,000 expected in 2030), by linking it to the Saint-Louis district, the historic and commercial heart of the Paris Region.
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This project is part of a complete redevelopment of the district initiated by François de Mazières, deputy mayor of Versailles and former president of the Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, focusing on the functional relationship between the station and the city. In addition to the creation of a new landscaped and urban passage between the Saint-Louis and
Work sites, as well as the heritage enhancement of the former water tanks of the castle into a public garden, imagined by the landscape designer Michel Desvignes and the visual architect Inessa Hansch, the conversion of the railway wasteland into a multimodal exchange centre and a real estate operation (creation of approximately 40,000 m² of housing and offices and conversion of a former railway hall into a theatre) has already been undertaken.

The multimodal exchange hub: an urban crossing for a variety of uses

The creation of the Gobert Ponds garden passage is a new link in the pedestrian network of the City of Versailles, as part of an overall strategy in the area aimed at advancing the practice of soft traffic.
This passage is thus one of the first breakthroughs in the pedestrian network of the multimodal interchange at Versailles Chantiers station.
The site of the Gobert Ponds garden included two water storage tanks of the castle and a set of hydraulic works, built under Louis XVI. Designed by the landscape architect Michel Desvignes, the current project preserves this historical heritage by creating a green lung that enhances the value of active lifestyles through walking. This urban crossing serves a variety of purposes: a stroll conducive to strolling and discovering the site or, for those in a hurry, a direct route providing links between districts and towards the station.

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Versailles, laboratory and factory of the city of tomorrow

A new city in the 18th century, a natural city since its origins, at the forefront of social housing in the 20th century, Versailles has been a city of reference for more than three centuries, both heir to its past and an active urban laboratory where the city of tomorrow is thought and built. Heir to Le Nôtre, it is home to the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Paysage (ENSP).

François de Mazières wants to revive this tradition of precursor: "Versailles must become an international reference on the real challenge of the city of tomorrow: the harmonious marriage of city and nature. It must set an example to advance the architectural thinking that is written in its genes. Since 2008, our mission has been to enhance its architectural and plant heritage and to anchor it in modernity by calling on talented architects and landscape designers. I am delighted to receive this award, which recognizes this approach and the work accomplished by all the teams. »

The Mobility Awards in Ile-de-France

On the occasion of the second edition of the Assises de la mobilité on 3 July 2014, Jean-Paul Huchon, President of the Ile-de-France Regional Council and STIF Council, presented the 2014 Mobility Trophies. These trophies highlight exemplary projects carried out in the field of transport and mobility in the Ile-de-France region and whose objectives are in line with the challenges defined in the Ile-de-France Urban Travel Plan (PDUIF).

The Trophées de la mobilité en Ile-de-France are open to local authorities, companies and administrations involved in a travel plan (PDA, PDE or PDIE), transport network operators and infrastructure managers as well as associations in Ile-de-France. 41 projects were submitted this year.

The jury, chaired by Pierre Serne, discussed the four selection criteria defined to distinguish the winners:

- Relevance: the project presented responds to a clearly identified travel problem on the territory;
- compliance: the implementation is in line with the PDUIF action to which it relates ;
- efficiency : the realization brings a concrete solution to the inhabitants and users ;
- Reproducibility: the project can be transferred to other areas in the Paris Region.

To know more about it : http://pdu.stif.info/

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