Chloé Macary-Carney cm-c
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The White Stain was a collaboration with Aglae Dubois. This project was developed in Frédéric Martinet and Phillippe Guiony's bachelor architecture studio at ENSAPLV with the help of the commune of Saujon in Charente Maritime, France between February and July 2016. Aglae and I visited Saujon and studies the territorial marketing of the town. We discovered that there hasn’t really been any sort of collaborative decision-making between the different political and economic powers of Saujon : no common publicity campaign, mismatching logos and different views for the future. While walking around Saujon, we noticed that the church, the market and the thermal baths were three very distinct important elements that are also very close to one another but there weren’t many pedestrians. Furthermore, these areas are packed with empty parking spots and the church square is used by parked cars instead of pedestrians. Our intervention aims to rethink the urban landscape of Saujon without changing the current ways locals dwell in these spaces. We offer a simple and coherent intervention for the town, adapted to the uses and activities of the locals. Our ‘tâche blanche,’ or ‘white stain’ defines the commercial zone for the monthly far- mer’s market day that Saujon is known for, but it must also be adapted for everyday life. The objective is to draw a walking route in this public space and to distinguish the pedestrian areas from the car areas with a new white ground, an artistic yet urban intervention. The covered market was actually a part of this path and the white stain. We decided to rehabilitate this market to convert into an open public space, open day and night. At night, only the market stalls would close up. The outdoor white stain paving would make its way into this rehabilitated market that is really part of this walking route which connects the main active spots of Saujon like a web. This white stain area is therefore made visible, marked, like a stage in a sense for community activity because for us, the architecture is already there, the community just needs a stage, a pedestrian space.