Place de la Nation

Place de la Nation has long been considered a noisy eyesore with construction, traffic and the absence of pedestrian-friendly walkways plaguing the rotary. As part of the city’s “Réinventons nos places” initiative, Place de la Nation has become a testing ground for a network of sensors provided by Cisco, which have been gauging traffic, noise and pedestrian activity. But, now the question arises: how can all this data be used to re-think Place de la Nation for public use?

Key issues

  • Data (and lots of it): Cisco's beacon sensors have been collected data on many different aspects of the rotary. But, what is the best way to use the data in better adapting Place de la Nation for public use?
  • Local perceptions of Place de la Nation: the roundabout is large, impersonal, difficult to traverse, and residents consider the space for purely utilitarian reasons: the metro. There is no real sense of community or desire to relax or rest at Place de la Nation.

Key questions

  • How can data be used to better inform design choices around Place de la Nation, but also to share knowledge with the general public?
  • In what ways could current perceptions of Place de la Nation be reshaped or redefined? Similarly, how could the area become an place for bringing together the community?
  • How could immersive technologies, art, data science, urban design or other disciplines be applied to enrich the roundabout?

This challenge is best suited for

  • Artists
  • Data scientists
  • Data visualizers
  • Community builders
  • Creative coders
  • Landscape architects
  • Service designers
  • Urban designers
  • UX/UI designers
  • Other

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