“Disused railway sites offer the opportunity for a practical exercise in urban densification”
Symbolic of the industrial activity of times gone by, disused railway sites on the edges of stations are now becoming the focus for urban (re)development throughout Switzerland. In Renens, a town in the district of Ouest Lausannois currently undergoing a transformation, the old depot area is being turned into a new quarter. How do you “build” new cities in the middle of major urban centres? Architect Jean-Baptiste Ferrari, Managing Director of Ferrari Architectes and the creative mind behind the Parc du Simplon project, addresses this question.