July 24, 2019
24 July, 2019
Kindly Hosted by Arup
Alessandra Cianchetta is a founding partner of the celebrated AWP Paris, a collective devoted to exploring new and challenging discourses between design and the natural environment.
She created the masterplan for the redevelopment of La Défense, the CBD area and one of the most important public spaces in Paris. The master plan set out a vision for a 161 hectares site that addressed issues of public space, green space, urban infrastructure, circulation, transport and site evolution. The plan was driven by strong engagement with local communities about how they wanted to use the public space, which included renovating pavements and walkways, improving wayfinding and transforming a ring road into an ‘urban boulevard’.
Her other recent projects include a museum and observatory development as part of a 113ha park on the Seine near Paris; the regeneration of Malmo Quay in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne; a 51ha masterplan for an Arts and Creative District set in a Unesco heritage site in Liverpool and exhibition designs for the Louvre and the Italian Embassy in Paris.
Committee for Sydney members were invited to join us for an event where Alessandra shared her experiences of culture-led precinct transformation and possible learnings for Sydney.