La Confluence, 15 Years On

Exhibition
from 18 April to 20 October 2018

Free admission

Welcome to La Confluence, a central and modern district, which also happens to be the first in France to receive the WWF sustainable label. While the neighborhood has been designed to meet 21st century city demands, it also pays tribute to its rich past.

 

 

La Confluence was reclaimed from the river in the 18th century, and became a hub for railways and industry in the 19th century. In the 20th century it was a leader in logistics and port activities. Today, La Confluence is a whole new district; one that has been reinvented in just 15 years!

La Confluence’s 150-year industrial history is proudly showcased through a painstaking depollution program and the preservation and conversion of emblematic buildings in Lyon's history, including the Saint-Joseph and Saint-Luc prisons, the Port Rambaud pavilions, the wholesale market and many others.

The designers have successfully played upon the features of the landscape – with two converging rivers, wooded hillsides and abundant open spaces - to create a magnificent place to live.

The aim of this urban redevelopment project? To return this part of the city to the people of Lyon and invent a central district that is vibrant and environmentally-friendly as well as user-friendly for residents. The design represents a new way of living in harmony with nature and water.

Architects, landscape designers, engineers, sociologists, associations, businesses and shop owners have all brought their talents and innovative spirit to this project. Their goal is to double the size of Lyon’s city center and breathe new life into a district that, until recently, was on the urban fringe.

The “La Confluence, 15 Years On” exhibition tells this story through the eyes of real and fictional residents of Lyon, actors and spectators of this new chapter in the history of their city.
Visit and tell us what your think, because the adventure continues!

 

FULL PROGRAM

 

# PROGRAM

SATURDAYS

(starting 26 May)

2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

GUIDED TOUR of the exhibition by the Lyon Municipal Archives

A 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, starting 26 May, except for 30 June, 15 September and in August.

Duration: 1 hr. // FREE // No reservations required

7 JUL.
2:30 pm 

URBAN STROLL Towards La Confluence: the Saône Embankments

Along La Confluence, discover the new Saône Embankments, which build a new bond between the city and the river.

Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations : www.nomade-land-lyon.com

7 JUL.
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
or
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

PHOTO SAFARI: shooting the Musée des Confluences

A true river vessel with an intriguing modern design, the Musée des Confluences will unveil its secrets. A fun way to try your hand at architectural photography in a variety of settings.
Required equipment: a camera with a wide-angle lens and, ideally, an additional lens enabling you to zoom in on and isolate architectural elements, as well as a tripod.

Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations : info@lyon-confluence.fr

8 SEP.
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
or
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

PHOTO SAFARI: the bold architecture of the Docks

Discover buildings that have shaped identity of the La Confluence neighborhood along the Saone Embankments and learn to accentuate their industrial and / or contemporary identity. The opportunity to try your hand at architectural photography and learn the keys to taking original snapshots.
Required equipment: a camera with a wide-angle lens and, ideally, an additional lens enabling you to zoom in on and isolate architectural elements, as well as a tripod.

Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations : info@lyon-confluence.fr

15 SEP.
2:30 pm 

GUIDED TOUR of the exhibition and neighborhood

With Nomade Land, experience the urban transformation of La Confluence during a stroll that will allow you to discover the exhibition and explore the Place des Archives neighborhood on Quai Rambaud.

Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations : www.nomade-land-lyon.com

15 SEP.
3:00 pm

WORKSHOP for Children: La Confluence on the move

How do you get around the city today? And how will you do it in the city of the future? Create your pop-up book, imagining a fantastic journey between Perrache station and the Confluence Museum.

For children ages 6 and up // Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations : www.chicdelarchi.fr 

27 SEP.
18h30

CONFERENCE A deeply-rooted innovation laboratory: the making of a neighborhood, from the industrial revolution to the sustainable city

By Nicolas Bruno Jacquet, an architectural and town planning historian, graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), speaker and author of monographs on heritage.

Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations : info@lyon-confluence.fr

29 SEP.

10:00 am and
2:30 pm

URBAN STROLL La Confluence: from industrial wastelands to the creative economy

Head south to discover this rapidly transforming area. It heralds a unique place dedicated to the creative, cultural and innovation industries in the heart of a lush, wooded landscape.

Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations : www.nomade-land-lyon.com

6 OCT

10:00 am and
2:30 pm

URBAN STROLL La Confluence: from industrial wastelands to the creative economy

Head south to discover this rapidly transforming area. It heralds a unique place dedicated to the creative, cultural and innovation industries in the heart of a lush, wooded landscape.

Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations : www.nomade-land-lyon.com

13 OCT
3:00 pm

WORKSHOP for Children: Confluence Pop-Up 

Themes: sites, territories and geography. The La Confluence cityscape features the Musée des Confluences, the BelvY tower, the orange cube, la Sucrière and more. How about we create a pop-up with all of these buildings?

For children ages 5 and up // Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations : www.chicdelarchi.fr

 

# DATES TBA

CONFERENCE The Sensitive City 

In partnership with the Lyon Urban School (EUL) and the In medias res agency, Lyon Confluence gives you the chance to think and talk with scientists from all disciplines about the city as we experience it, as it is built and as we can imagine it for the future.

Duration: 2 hrs. // FREE // Reservations elsa.blahay@agenceinmediasres.fr

Dates TBA in September, October and November

3 conferences and 3 themes for multiple perspectives

1 – Urban life: a sensory, emotional experience

2 – The urban environment: a factor and vector of the health of its inhabitants

3 – Seeing urban areas as living systems

 

 

# GROUPS - starting 3 September

ADULTS

GUIDED TOUR of the exhibition

Duration 1 hr. // FREE // Reservations : archivesexpo@mairie-lyon.fr

SCHOOL-CHILDREN
CYCLES
2 & 3

WORKSHOP Infinite buildings

Two 2-hour sessions

Session 1: In the Darse neighborhood, the students will sketch the windows, doors, colors, surfaces and patterns they see.

Session 2: The students will use their sketches to create a group “hodgepodge” book that illustrates the architectural notions of form, function and use.

FREE // Reservations : archivesexpo@mairie-lyon.fr

 SCHOOL-CHILDREN
CYCLE 4

WORKSHOP Budding Town Planners

One 3-hour session

The students will imagine a new neighborhood on an existing plot of La Confluence and  analyze perspectives and heights, major roadways, public spaces and the uses of buildings and public spaces.

FREE // Reservations : archivesexpo@mairie-lyon.fr

HIGH
SCHOOL

WORKSHOP Infinite buildings

Two 2-hour sessions

Session 1 : In the Darse neighborhood, the students will sketch or photograph the various shapes of windows and doors, colors, surfaces and patterns they see.

Session 2 : The students will reflect upon both pure architectural form and its uses, and then put together a model building that they will design based on the architectural elements they have sketched or photographed.

FREE // Reservations : archivesexpo@mairie-lyon.fr

 

 

# PRACTICAL INFO

Exhibition from 18 April to 20 October 2018
Archives Municipales de Lyon
1 place des Archives, Lyon 2
www.archives-lyon.fr
Phone: +33 (0)4 78 92 32 50

 

Free entry :

from 18 April to 30 June: Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
2 July to 1 September: Tuesday to Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
From 3 September to 20 October: Tuesday to Friday from 8:45 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

 

Getting there

Metro Line A (Perrache) - Tramway T1 (Suchet) or T2 (Perrache) - Train (Perrache station) - Vélov (Place des Archives)

 

# PARTNERS