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National audience peri-urban residential areas built in the second half of the 20th century have a significant share of contemporary cities. However, in a disguised and largely acepal peri-urban, it is difficult to find assembly areas taking place along the lines of the human centrality that can be found in the denser urban area. In an open debate, setting out the difficult framework for the location factory in peri-urban areas could contribute in particular to reducing GHG emissions and outline a form of peri-urban resilience. In the United States, Place Making calls for a silent revolution in public space by its inhabitants. It is also increasingly associated with tactical urban planning, which advocates small actions on the urban space to significantly transform the local experience. In the face of these minimalist approaches, other initiatives are emerging to change contemporary patterns of urban production. The inhabitants of the association — Community Development Corporation — ask local authorities to have a real influence on the form of projects. Can these transformative approaches change the conditions of the peri-urban and make the place? In a more controversial way, we will lift the debate around the issue: is it possible to create a place where there is no one? The Contra Costa Centre (California) is a new peri-urban centrality bringing together a variety of uses and a public space. This urban project came to an end in 2000 after more than 15 years of residential resistance — as opposed to peri-urban conventional developments. Finally, a collaborative and intensive participatory method, known as co-production, enabled this to be unblocked. With the results of this case study, we will first set out how a participatory method has brought together the various actors with the opposite logic in order to produce a coherent project in line with the desire to create a “living space” in an environment governed by peri-urban logic and dominated by the financial control of operators. How is consensus built around the factory of the place? As a second step, we will propose for discussion the post-operative evaluation method put in place in the summer and autumn 2013 — analyses of the body’s timescales and spatial relations with architectural space — which enabled us to evaluate the substance of this peri-urban neo-place.

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