Participatory support for an architecture competition
The City of Tournai, in line with the new developments on the banks of the Scheldt river, wished to develop a project for the Passerelle de l'Arche. This footbridge, currently only accessible to pedestrians, connects the two banks of the Scheldt and is an important crossing point between the neighbourhoods of Saint Jean and Saint Piat.
Develop and support a citizen participation process at the very beginning of the project in order to feed relevant and shared specifications for the architectural contest aiming at the creation of a new footbridge.
Various participative tools were put in place in parallel with significant field work to understand the project territory. Bilateral interaction and meetings with actors in the field, themed citizen workshops, field visits, collaboration with the Saint Luc Faculty of Architecture and a collective working meeting.
In parallel to the work of physical meetings, an online digital component was implemented: a participatory survey where all citizens were invited to give their opinion, as well as a platform gathering information related to the participatory process and its evolution. The result of the process is the production of a consensus note giving a structured interpretation of the debates, discussions and elements emerging from the citizen consultation. This note is annexed to the competition specifications and serves as a framework for the designation of a concept team.