Renaturation of the river Aire
The project for the renaturation of the Aire is the backbone of a territorial and landscape reorganisation of the entire Aire plain. It is from the river that new relationships are established which balance, on the one hand, the needs of agricultural production, urban development and leisure areas nd, on the other hand, the need to reconstitute extensive natural environments. The project consists in a real “restoration” of the territory, since it reconstructs landscape features - ditches, hedges, groves, marshes - almost entirely disappeared, but clearly legible on the historical documents. In the area reserved for natural environments (approximately 80-metre strip along the canal), the intensively cultivated open lands are replaced by diversified environments that allow the creation of a true ecological corridor that encourages the networking of biotopes and the movement of small fauna. The safety of property and people is one of the main aspects of this project, which makes it possible to manage floods while contributing to the restoration of natural and landscape values. It contributes to enhancing safety through water management and storage measures.
Architektur und Landschaftsarchitektur: Georges Descombes und Atelier Descombes & Rampini, Genf; Julien Descombes, Greg Bussien
Ingenieurwesen: B + C Ingénieurs, Montreux; Corinne Van Cauwenberghe, Claude-Alain Vuillerat; ZS
Ingénieurs civils, Onex; Juan Chavez
Biologie: Biotec, Delémont; François Gerber 7
Authors: Architektur und Landschaftsarchitektur: Georges Descombes und Atelier Descombes & Rampini, Genf; Julien Descombes, Greg Bussien
Photo Credit: Photo 1,2 GE CH, Photo 3,4,5 Espazium