An autobiographic collage that shows the historic layers of sedimentation of the architecture of the city. Our era and the concerns we face will also be part of a new layer.
Micromegas investigates the development of new urban structures by completing urban block within themselves.

Simon Ganne
Lyon, France
Team members
Simon Ganne
Field of work
Architecture, Urban planning, Ecology, Visual Art, Research
Project category
Project submitted

I am an engineer and an architect from Lyon, France. At the merge of these two fields, I developed a strong interest in the future of european cities. After an engineer practice in building energy efficiency, I am now interested in researching the links between theory, architecture and cities especially by creating images.

I explore theses topics trough various mediums.
I participated in an architecture seminar in Pesmes, France alongside French architect Bernard Quirot to explore the future of small shrinking villages, working with hand drawings only.
I have been teaching architectural project as an assistant toward young architecture students, on the topics on industrial patrimony rehabilitation.
Finally, I also wrote a research article on the importance of theory in an architectural project for the German architect Oswald Mathias Ungers, for the magazine History of Postwar Architecture

Urbanization has resulted in sprawling city centers, leading to numerous environmental and social challenges. As we grapple with the ongoing environmental crisis, it is crucial to address urban development in a sustainable and ethical manner. This proposal introduces the concept of "Complecting Unfinished Blocks" as a way to densify city centers while promoting open spaces. The case study of Berlin has been used to illustrate the potential impact of this approach on spatial culture, fostering community engagement, and revitalizing urban areas. The idea of complecting unfinished blocks emerged from the pressing need to find a sustainable solution to urban densification. As city centers grow, developers often leave empty or underutilized spaces between buildings, hindering efficient land use and fostering urban sprawl. By complecting these unfinished blocks on themselves, we can transform them into a new type of open block, effectively increasing urban density while creating more public and communal spaces. An open block made out of closed blocks.
The complecting project in Berlin anchors on existing blind walls, numerous in the city. the densified area creates a more vibrant and cohesive city center and develop a greater sense of pride and ownership over their surroundings.
As a way of exploring possible futures, the creation of images allows to illustrate variations of spatial structures and communicates on these architectural and urban experimentations.