Montage of an interactive waterfall parallel to the shore, opening when someone is passing by (image by Matthias Schmitt).
Montage of an interactive waterfall parallel to the shore, opening when someone is passing by (image by Matthias Schmitt).

Rain-bows Interactive waterfall to connect Paris and its suburbs

Paris “intra muros” is one of the most dense city in the world. Its borders use to evolve threw the age, but remain the same since 1860, to be now represented by the “périphérique” motorway. Parisians almost never cross it, and therefore create a very strong psychological border. How to break this psychological border?

Along the canal de l’Ourq, which flow through Paris and the northern suburb Saint Ouen, Rain-bows transforms each bridges into an interactive waterfall (including the ring motorway bridge). By a light and playful intervention in the urban landscape, the Rain-bows plays down the importance of the borders by multiplying and magnifying it.

View of the bridges over the canal, each one having a different interactive waterfall principle (image by Béatrice Lartigue).
View of the bridges over the canal, each one having a different interactive waterfall principle (image by Béatrice Lartigue).
An other interactive waterfall principle (image by Matthias Schmitt).
An other interactive waterfall principle (image by Matthias Schmitt).

Rain-bows is the winning project of the European Street Design Challenge 2011, a 3 day workshop where teams of european young designers are working to solve social and urban problematics.

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