Lauren Andres, Urbanist
I have written a lot about Lausanne and one of its flagship neighbourhood, the 'Flon'. I was recently back in the city and it was a real pleasure to stroll in the streets and reflect on the changes that have marked this former industrial neighbourhood. I started to gain an interest from this area back in 2003 when I was a geography student, in Grenoble. I then discovered this place which was about to change dramatically. I studied it as one of my case study for my PhD and since then I have always tried to go and check it, once in a while. While the site is indeed exemplary of a trajectory of gentrification which has been marked by significant displacements and mutations, he has still kept its unicity which makes it an 'urbanist hotspot': it is one of those places which triggers thoughts, ideas, visions about urban changes, temporalities, architecture, design ... in other words a place to go to think about cities and how to built, develop them, change them for everyday uses and for the future generations...