Subject for my master degree diploma.
In a world which strongly demands technological innovation and speed with regards to transportation, we often forget the beauty in exploring the landscape, and meeting new people along the way. Traveling is expensive, and the pollution and waste that modern trains, planes and cars produce can be said to outweigh the benefits of efficiency in these methods. This project tackles the issue of sustainability in travel, by analyzing the social, economic and ecologic impacts of existing methods of travel from a perspective which seeks to provide new life and innovation, not only to transportation, but to the travellers themselves. Staying true to the idea of sustainability, I have chosen an old heating building filled with machinery from the Antiquaille’s Domain on the slopes of Fourviere Hill in Lyon’s 5th district to recycle into new life. This project focuses on community engagement. Located in a touristic area, this project socially engages the community for which travel is a lifestyle. By establishing independent shops filled with products of sustainable travel, we also empower the local economy. Exhibitions line a permanent showroom, challenging tourists and commuters alike to draw new perspectives around how travel impacts the surrounding environment. Finally, serving as the front lines to planning sustainable travel, I model how a travel agency within the building can provide effective information and tangible solutions to these modern issues. Every travelling soul is invited to this International House of the Sustainable Traveller, not only to plan trips or find answers to difficult questions, but also, to simply meet people with similar ways of thinking. Great minds can truly develop great things.
Status: School Project
Location: Lyon, France