Friday, 18.12.2020 14.30–15.30

The United Nations together with all other International Organisations based in Geneva are part of the cooperative, multilateral shaping of globalisation and facing the challenge to assemble an idea of equal access to (global) space. It is thus to rework the specialities on every scale and to create the connection between the individual and the surrounding (earth); building up to a planetary being.

To promote a Jura-Alps-Transit means therefore to propel the vision of a continuous, seamless landscape, overcoming all existing borders and divisions. It envisions a strip, a stretched surface going from the Jura chain to the Alps, generating an open territory.

In a world filled with asymmetries of power and wealth, an imagined meridian with the UN as its origin brings the international organizations to a borderless, timeless dimension in which every culture, every world citizen can belong. An out-dated image – the monumental and static classicist facades of the UN palace – is restored with a dynamic and permeable landscape, which aims the important reconnection with nature, recognising its ambiguity and yet its importance.

By inserting itself in the alignment of the topographical, historical and cultural demarcations, and by dialoguing with a temporality much wider than the Anthropocene, the proposed Jardin des Nations becomes a large parc facing the Léman, the Alps, and the world.

The transversal crossing of Terra Continua at several speeds, and particularly the walk through the layering, renders visible the movements of the landscape and the constant changes of borders and boundaries at different scales. It is the birth of Homo Mundanus, a being of worldliness.

Ancillary disciplines: Professorship M. Topalovic; Professorship G. Vogt

Team: Dominik Arni, François Charbonnet, Marine de Dardel, Pedro Guedes, Steffen Hägele, Patrick Heiz, Marina Montresor, Francisco Moura Veiga