After Troinex, Veyrier votes on the new bus line 49

After Troinex, Veyrier votes on the new bus line 49
After Troinex, Veyrier votes on the new bus line 49

Geneva, a city in constant change, seeks to adapt its neighborhoods to the contemporary challenges of sustainable development and social cohesion. It is in this spirit that the Rez-Actifs project, supported by the Après Genève association, has been working for a decade to bring together the worlds of urban planning and entrepreneurship around a common vision: that of neighborhoods. I had the pleasure of speaking with Ludovic Laffont, coordinator of Rez Actifs, to find out more about this innovative initiative.

“Rez Actives is a project that […] has the need to bring together these two worlds which need each other to create neighborhoods […] alive for the residents,” explains Ludovic Laffont. The idea is simple but ambitious: transforming neighborhoods so that they become places where “we can find all goods and services nearby, have social connections and respect our planet, planetary limits”.

Ludovic Laffont details this vision: “We are trying to promote the social and solidarity economy which is rather an economy oriented towards planetary limits, towards sharing, towards repair, towards social bonds”. The Rez Actifs project attacks an economic model that often favors profit maximization to the detriment of the quality of life in neighborhoods. “It’s common sense but obviously today, we could say that there is still a search for profit maximization,” he underlines.

The example of the ground floor is emblematic of this approach. It is about rethinking these spaces so that they accommodate activities contributing to the life of the neighborhood, such as resource centers or object libraries “which prevents us all from having a drill in our cupboard […] and to go get it when we need it,” illustrates Ludovic Laffont.

The transition to this model is not without difficulty. The coordinator of Rez Actifs admits that “it’s not easy to summarize because there are lots of reasons that intertwine”, but he underlines the positive dynamic of certain municipalities and private developers, like this project which has dedicated 5,500 m² for neighborhood life activities, proof that innovative solutions exist.

The will of Rez Actifs does not stop at the borders of Geneva. “The ambition […] it is to really support developers to build a district on a single planet, but also to develop entrepreneurs […] and to deploy these Rez Actives outside the canton of Geneva and beyond Switzerland if ever,” affirms Ludovic Laffont.

This project, which has already been in existence for twenty years, hopes to continue to promote the social and solidarity economy and to attract more project leaders. “We hope that this association can attract even more project leaders and members and members to this social and solidarity economy,” concludes Ludovic Laffont with hope.

By promoting proximity, sharing and sustainability, Geneva could well become an example to follow for the cities of the future.

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