Saint-Laurent du Maroni, The Urban Transition of a French City in the Amazon

Saint‐Laurent du Maroni 2016 / Guiana - France
Professionnal workshop
6 May 2016 / 20 May 2016

Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, the city of the Maroni River, is a mosaic city on the border with Suriname, on the most western side of French Guiana. The Maroni River has the gigantic dimensions of all Amazonian rivers. The Maroni River is crossed by traditional canoes all day long, it is a place where people live, travel and work. It is also a place
in itself, a landscape, a breach in the heart of the Amazon.

The important geopolitical position of Saint-Laurent is to be understood by considering
its very high population growth (above 6% per year, higher than the average rate for French Guiana), and its geographical location, at the border with Suriname. The city’s driving economic have yet to be consolidated and re-invented.

What relationships are to be developed with the City of Cayenne, the main city of Guiana soon to be overrun by Saint-Laurent in terms of inhabitants, and with the neighboring Suriname, in this context of strong urban development?

How to use this strong population growth as a development opportunity for the city?
What urban new shapes can be created, being both innovative and respectful of Saint-Laurent strong cultural and historical identity, based on some habits that remain today very rural?

How to use the resources of the territory and the label "city of art and history" that was givent to the city to develop tourism?

To answer these questions and many more, it is necessary to think on a long term perspective (2060) This timeframe will maybe allow local authorities and actors to anticipate enough the population growth and provide answers to the huge issues the city is facing in terms of housing, infrastructures, social and economic development and chaotic urbanization.

Deadline to apply: 21st February 2016, 11pm Paris time


How to apply?
▸ Please read carefully the topic document available on this page
▸ Please send us to until 21 February 2016 included (11pm French time) your application. It must include: the application form that you can download on this page, your CV and a one or two-page note which can be illustrated and in which you explain the nature of your interest in participating, skills/experience you can bring to the workshop and your first ideas about the topic. Please note that applications are individual.

Please do not send us your entire portefolio !

Applicants will be notified around 4 March 2016 if their application was selected or not.


Opening of the international call for applications January 5, 2016
6 to 20 May 2016 : Workshop for professional during two weeks
Deadline to apply : Sunday, February 21 at 23h metropolitan hours


Pilotes: Florence Bougnoux et Olivier Bastin

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