Arte Charpentier Architectes has participated in the creation of a city simulator for the Santiago de Chile of the future. The French government, by financing this project, is aiming to promote the know-how of French companies specialising in the design of sustainable cities and urban development, in major overseas metropolises.
In order to better promote this know-how internationally, project submissions were invited by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Vivapolis for the creation of a real urban project by means of a 3D digital model. «Santiago deseado, Simulator for the Sustainable City» was one of two projects selected located in Santiago de Chile. The project team brought together industrialists, engineers, architects, and start-ups to collaborate in a coordinated way.
Following a two-party agreement, signed in March 2014 between the Municipality of Santiago and ARTELIA, the project team representative, this project was awarded 2 million euros by the French State in the form of a FASEP grant (Fonds d’étude et d’Aide au Secteur Privé/Assistance to the Private Sector for Green Innovation).
The project’s digital platform was made available to public decision-makers in Chile in the Spring of 2015. The innovative tool aims to aid and support decision makers by representing sustainable management of urban areas, in 3 dimensions, on an easily accessible and comprehensible platform. It presents the best of French know-how throughout the city on issues encompassing mobility, sanitation, water, waste, energy, telecommunications, etc.
– Design of a tool to support decision-making by local client developers on real urban development projects
– Development of a virtual 3D model to enable the visualisation of a project at the scale of the city, the district, a block or a single building, and all its components such as urban transport, building, water, air, waste, and energy illustrated by French case studies, and to observe their impact on the city.
The Study and the Project:
The study area, which covers several hundred hectares with a population of around 10,000 inhabitants, is located in the heart of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, in the municipality of Santiago. The site is crossed from north to south by the Autopista Norte-Sur urban motorway, known elsewhere as the Pan-American Highway, which represents an important rupture in the urban fabric. The municipality’s plans to cover over this important infrastructure could be the trigger for a real metamorphosis of the heart of Santiago creating new land and a new public realm in the city centre. This project forms the structuring element for the development of the Sustainable City Simulator, 3D platform.
Arte Charpentier’s Approach to the Sustainable City:
A strong collaboration between the municipal and the multidisciplinary project teams is developed throughout the year. The sustainable city is built with the decision-makers of the country and with an attentive, diverse project team. In order to develop the 3D simulation platform, Arte Charpentier Architectes participated as urban planning consultants and analysts, advising and proposing project components that would be necessary to include in the tool.
– Analysis of the existing situation,
– Identification of the strategic issues and orientations for a sustainable approach,
– Definition of the layout and contents of the platform based on an urban eco-design procedure and a sustainable strategy,
– Modelling of the territory including major infrastructure and flows.
– Development of urban planning proposals,
– Integration of innovative solutions for the sustainable city within the platform,
– Indication of sustainable performance and its visualisation in the simulator
– Integration of innovative solutions enriching an urban planning scenario,
– Evaluation of the simulations of the performances within the Simulator.
The entire approach was structured on the basis of Criteria for a Sustainable City. These criteria have been conceived to aid understanding of current urban issues. They are cross-cutting, applicable for the analysis of all cities.
• Urban density: optimizing urban density
• Social equity: promoting social equity
• Economy and employment: developing the economy and employment
• Citizen connectivity: connecting citizens and new technologies
• Cultural identity: promoting cultural identity
• Nature in the city: reinforcing nature in the city
• Use of resources: favouring sustainable use of resources
• Quality of life: minimizing urban disturbances
• Risks and climate change: coping with natural hazards and climate change
• Urban safety: fostering a sense of security among city dwellers
• Sustainable mobility: organizing active and sustainable mobility
– Client : Ministry of the Economy and Finance
– ARTELIA: group representative
– VEOLIA: water and waste management
– Arte Charpentier Architects: architect and urban planner
– Architecture-Studio: architect and urban planner
– SIRADEL: 3D modelling and simulation
– Completion: May 2015
– Operation programme: an urban planning study of the city of Santiago serves as the basis for the development of a 3D digital platform by a consortium of French companies, to assist urban planning decision-making.
– Cost of the operation: FASEP grant of 2M€ for the project team