A holistic approach
The vision of a place that is to be transformed takes form through the study of its history, its geography, its geology and its economy. In short, one must carry out a transversal, multidisciplinary reading that is as comprehensive as possible. This means immersing oneself in all available data on the new territory so as to discover its image and identity.
This is a process of analysis and synthesis, leading to the reinvention of history through history, so as to revive and to stitch back together territories that time or the absence of people have too often neglected.
Intellectual curiosity is one of the landscape designer’s two mainstays, the other being his knowledge of plant life. It does not seem conceivable to come to terms with a subject, with a commission, without first fully taking in the concerned terrain. And this applies at all levels.
The shared garden
The garden can be food-producing, vegetable-growing, ornamental, ceremonial, medicinal, orchard, public, botanical, menagerie, nursery, and so on.
This short list alone gives us an insight into the inextricable links woven between gardens and people, and therefore with the social and political dimension of the systems that create gardens. Created out of need or necessity, created for pure pleasure, created for purposes of appearance, as an extension of an architecture that is also a vehicle for obvious social values, Versailles being the finest example. Today, is the vocation of the 21st century garden not that of being shared by the greatest number?
Shared as a vacant space in the literal sense of the term, and used for “head clearing” by city dwellers yearning for greenery, or as a genuine place for reinvigorating oneself and learning to respect life, or even as a didactic and pedagogical space.
In is in this manner that we at Interscène approach the vision of the modern garden, seeking out the garden’s reason for being and manifesting itself visually in tradition and history, adapting it harmoniously with the urban plan, like an extension, an interpenetration, experienced as a response to the background noise of society, a counterweight.
The signature of a place
There is precision work to be carried out on all the sites we work on. It is an inventory of an array of visual details, architectural details for example, which all too often escape the notice of the novice or the overly specialised.
Here, the landscaper’s eye acts as a receptacle and lens that, after maturing, will place on drawing boards all the traces and all messages captured in the field.
A method of fencing local gardens, a line of lime trees planted along an outdated 1920s avenue, the use of a very specific kind of tile to line driveways, will end up being re-used to define a new brand image for the site, a genuine signature established while with full responsibility and in a manner that is respectful of the site’s visual and historical heritage.
Project Communication, Consensus Building
Throughout the mission, the INTERSCÈNE workshop assists the client in project communication.
Upstream, this consultation acts as a tool to find consensus in order to produce a shared scenario. On this basis, we participate in the presentation of the project and its promotion to the general public, especially during the consultation meetings that we are accustomed to moderating. As we regularly deal with very different audiences, we are aware of the need to adapt our materials using our workshop’s highly developed graphic skills to make projects more easily understood.
With a preference for the fine and sensitive interpretation of a drawing or a sketch to the raw reality of a photograph, INTERSCÈNE emphasises the production of mood boards that complement the photographic campaigns.
Whether intervening in urban, peri-urban, natural or agricultural environments, INTERSCÈNE’s dual expertise in Urban planning and Landscape architecture enriches its approach to territories with a cross-disciplinary vision encompassing all the complexities of a site. The strengths and constraints of a territory are analysed and then offset against each other so as to better reveal its uniqueness and potential for renewal.
The contemporary city is increasingly complex and often suffers from its fragmented spaces, its diluted fringes and abandoned land… so many possibilities to reintroduce landscaping that creates links and harmonizes mismatching scales by placing the landscape dimension at the heart of urban projects and reinventing new landscapes in the city.
The development of environmental and urban master plans for large territories most fully expresses our dual experience in urban planning and landscape design.
The green plan for Madagascar, for an area of 8500 ha, or the master plan for Da Lat (Vietnam) for 2030 and 2050, covering a territory of 393 km², are based on mastering the balance between growing urban pressure and the necessary protection of endangered natural and agricultural areas, between ensuring access to contemporary urban amenities and the preservation of local cultures and know-how.