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Besançon: a vegetable farm in the middle of buildings

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Giant vegetable garden, photovoltaic farm, 220 housing units opposite the Fralsen watch factories… Presented at the Salon des Maires, this “experimental” project caused a sensation.




By Nicholas Bastuck

Residents will move 5 meters above farmland.
Residents will move 5 meters above farmland.
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Larchitects are not magicians but they can perform feats, especially when they agree to put other skills (agricultural engineers, builders, territorial town planners, etc.) into the loop of their projects. Grow 220 “virtuous” housing units in an industrial area, without artificializing a square meter of land, on the contrary returning more than 1.3 hectares of cultivable area to nature, with hydraulic needs covered 100% by water recovery of rain, all complemented by 8,000 m2 photovoltaic roofing and geothermal solutions for heating buildings: this is the program on which the architects Louis Moutard and Silvio d’Ascia are working in Besançon (Doubs), called upon by the company SMCI, leader of an i …


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