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Justinien Tribillon

Research Subject
Imagining, designing and building Paris’s Boulevard Périphérique: understanding the périph’s role in the ‘production of the banlieue’ and Paris’s infrastructural landscape (1943-1973; 2007-today)

Primary supervisor: Dr Claire Colomb
Secondary supervisor: Dr Ben Campkin
Starting date: September 2016

On 1st of January 2016, a new metropolitan government for Paris is created. This new political institution is one of the outcomes of an institutional momentum started almost ten years previously that has seen the idea of a ‘Greater Paris’ back at the forefront of the local and national political scene. The impetus led to a wealth of architectural competitions, academic colloquia and institutional initiatives that sought to imagine and design the Grand Paris. Yet, it only included a timid attempt at reconsidering the relationship between Paris and its banlieue. The tangible results of almost a decade of Greater Paris bonanza are this new political government and an ambitious public transport scheme.

 

Yet, right on the edge of Paris proper, an infrastructure embodies the divide between Paris and its banlieue. The Boulevard Périphérique, completed in 1973, has come to symbolise the frontier between the ‘Grande Cité’ and its ‘adornment’ in the word of Baron Haussmann. While the vision of the périphérique as a frontier is now so commonplace it has become a cliché, in academic and non-academic discourse, the role of the périphérique in the spatial, social and architectural genesis of this divide has barely been critically explored.

 

The aim of this proposed research is to enquire into the social imagination that motivated the start of this major infrastructural endeavour, the process of designing the ring road and the reception of the Boulevard Périphérique’s construction which took place over more than fifteen years. In a second part, this proposed research will look at the role of the ring road in today’s Greater Paris project: the way civil servants, politicians and architects understand the role of the ring road in the divide Paris/banlieue and their vision for the Boulevard Périphérique’s future as an ‘urban boulevard’.

Publications and other work

Peer-reviewed article

Edited journal issues

  • Migrant Journal (2018) No. 5 ‘Micro Odysseys’. Migrant Journal Press: London
  • Migrant Journal (2018) No. 4 ‘Dark Matters’. Migrant Journal Press: London
  • Migrant Journal (2017) No. 3 ‘Flowing Grounds’. Migrant Journal Press: London
  • Migrant Journal (2017) No. 2 ‘Wired Capital’. Migrant Journal Press: London
  • Migrant Journal (2016) No. 1 ’Across Country’. Migrant Journal Press: London

Journalism

Essays

  • Tribillon, J. (2018) ‘When the empires collapse’. In Walk the Line. Proyector: Mexico DF
  • Tribillon, J. (2018) ‘Cuando los imperios se derruban’. In Sobre la Linéa. Proyector: Mexico DF
  • Tribillon, J. (2018, 7 November) ‘413 Grammes’. Broken Nature. [http://www.brokennature.org/413-grammes/]
  • Tribillon, J. (2018) ‘Subatomic Diplomacy’. Migrant Journal (No. 5) Migrant Journal Press: London
  • Tribillon, J. (2018) ‘Grand Ensemble’. Failed States (#2)
  • Tribillon, J. (2018) ‘Wonders and enigmas of the migrating coconut’. Migrant Journal (No. 3) Migrant Journal Press: London
  • Tribillon, J. (2017) ‘The Panic of 1873’. Migrant Journal (No. 2) Migrant Journal Press: London
  • Tribillon J. (2016) ‘Rocking the austerity boat: how millenials need to rethink tomorrow cities’ economies’. In Eurocities (ed.) Making cities. Visions for an urban future Tribillon, J. (2016) ‘Massey Harris: Mechanical or Trojan Horse’. Migrant Journal (No. 1). Migrant Journal Press: London
  • Tribillon, J. (2016) ‘The fridge, the city and the critique of everyday life: a Tale of Domestic Urbanism’. MONU (#24: Domestic Urbanism)

Teaching
Academic Year 2016-2017

  • PGTA, BENVGPD5 City Planning (UCL, BSP)
  • PGTA, BENVGPL6 Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures (UCL, BSP)
  • PGTA, BENVGTC4 Urban Design: Guidance, Incentive and Control (UCL, BSP)
  • PGTA, ENVS1016 Contemporary Cities (UCL, BSP)

Academic Year 2017-2018

  • PGTA, BENVGPD5 City Planning (UCL, BSP)
  • PGTA, BENVGPL6 Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures (UCL, BSP)
  • PGTA, BENVGTC4 Urban Design: Guidance, Incentive and Control (UCL, BSP)
  • PGTA, ENVS1016 Contemporary Cities (UCL, BSP)
  • PGTA, ENVS2008 Cities and Social Change (UCL, BSP)

Academic Year 2018-2019

  • PGTA, BPLN0038 Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures (UCL, BSP)
  • PGTA, BPLN0013 Planning Practices in Europe
  • PGTA, BPLN0071 Contemporary Cities (UCL, BSP)
  • Studio Tutor, M ARCH: Architecture (Central Saint Martins, UAL)