RUS / Europan 12 - Ciney
The famous Belgian writer Gaston Compere spent his childhood in the hamlet of Conjoux, in the urban area of Ciney. In his memories
«A childhood in Condroz», he describes the region as a harmony between human activity and landscape, between city and nature. Nature is structured by a dense network of rivers and roads entering the city, and the city takes its place on the land wisely. It is this idea of ​​harmony, conectivity and network which guide our project.
In first place, we propose to complete the missing link in the of Wallonia’s slow lanes between the vertices of the triangle formed by the cities of Ciney, Yvoir and Dinant, with connection paths that follow the rivers. Thus, the relationship between these three main urban centers of the region is thus enhanced through these slow lanes specifically dedicated to slow modes (pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders), which are at the same time utilitarian, for leisure, and touristic.
Then, for the project site in the old forges of Ciney, we propose a penetration of nature and, at the same time, an intensification of its urbanity. The Leignon, this small stream (the «ru») which crosses the site, is therefore renaturalized and regains its role as a green reserve in the heart of the city. Around the Leignon stream,
the new Neighborhood of «Les Forges» establishes the necessary density to form a new vibrant neghbourhood and also composes a new facade of the city from the train.
Finally, the area around the train station is reorganized and remodeled to assert its role as the second urban center of Ciney after Church Square (Place Monseu). We propose  a new generous and confortable underpass under the existing railway tracks dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists, that knits together the two parts of Ciney on both sides of the railway. This crossing leads to the new building of the service of the Administration of Agriculture, which serves to reinforce the urban character of the area. All these measures are aimed at transforming the area around the station into a more friendly and urban space: a real Station Square for the city.
The True-Condroz is a landscape of transition from the relief of deep valleys and thick forests of the Ardennes,towards the amplitude of the plain of Flanders along the North Sea. It is a plateau where geology and water from rivers and streams model gentle hills which are the typical feature of this landsdcape. Human activity establishes itself wisely in this landscape: the woods are in the highest and least fertile parts (the «tiges»), while agriculture, pastures and villages appear in the fertile valleys (the «chavées), often crossed by rivers.
Regional networks: the rus (small rivers) and the RAVeL (regional bicycle lanes)
Thousands of small rivers (the "rus") and the RAVEL (the Autonomous Network of Slow Lanes) form a fine grain network throughout the country. The RAVel vertebrates a constellation of small urban centers with real "countryside streets," specifically dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists, disabled people, skaters and horse-riders.
Proposal for completing the network of regional slow mobility bicycle lanes (RAVeL)
following the rus (small rivers) and connecting the main towns, forming a triangle of slow mobility lanes
Ciney as a regional node in the slow mobility network of bicycle paths (RAVeL)
Landscape, heritage (tourism) and activites along the proposed completion of the regional bicycle network which follow the rus (small rivers) 
Strategies at the town's structure level
The two poles (church square and the proposed station square)
The accessibility improvement and the slow mobility regional bicyle lanes continuity 
The green corridor continuity of the Leignon ru (small river) and the parks
Section through the town between the two rivers and the station square
The two poles that vertebrate the town of Ciney: the square of the medieval church and the proposed station square
The pole of the station with the station square and the new station neighborhood (Les Forges neighborhood)
Sections through the station square and the proposed station neighborhood 
Perspective of the renaturalized Leignon ru (small river) that runs through the proposed station neighborhood (Les Forges neighborhood)
The river's renaturalization provides a new urban park at the center of the new neighborhood
The new station square and the pedestrian pass under the railway line
The new façade of Ciney from the train         Les Forges neighborhood            The stop of the regional bicycle newtork as gate to the river 
The layers of the proposal
-renaturalization of the Leignon river at the center of the new station neighborhood
-water cycle on-site management (waste water is cleaned by wetlands and then the clean effluent flow to the river)
-built volumes that allow the views and form, adopt the scale of the surroundings and, at the same time, form an acoustic barrier that shields the site from the train's noise
-social synergies involving local stakeholders
-use of materials from the area that evoke the industrial memory of the site
-accessibility strategy to give priority to pedestrian in the proposed station square
The adaptability of the typical house of Ciney and the surroundings
Houses can grow horizontally with annexes at the backyard, then vertically with new stories, and then they can be subdivided in flats if needed. We propose to use this mechanism as a tool for the development of the daptable housing proposed in the new station neighborhood
The typical Ciney house, formed by a main body and annexes is ubiquitous and forms Ciney's urban fabric
Proposed adaptable housing type for the station neighborhood that follows the adaptability logics of the typical Ciney house
This logic generates the three main types of the new station neighborhood of Les Forges: the Town House, the Patio House, and the High House
The Town House
The Patio House
The High House
RUS / Europan 12 - Ciney