Parting between town and countryside, urban and natural spaces, places of consumption,
life and production is increasingly problematic for the territory planning. The tempting idea of a dense city opposed to a natural landscape comes today with the creation of gigantic places of essential production to the man. Food production areas are sprawling since the civilization begennings at the expense of biodiversity, ecosystem balance, soils health and forests which are the world's green lung.
These zones outside of the city do not come in any of these categories and give place
to increasingly unqualifiable landscapes, destroying the structure of the territory by urban spreading out and polluting the atmosphere by the increasingly important grid systems.
The city, if one can call it so, is spread on the territory with its zones of horizontal production and consumption extracted from the center of the city (trade, factories, storages, greenhouses...), which are heavily consuming space.
However, becoming more and more competitive, these various systems of productions are technically less and less forced to be in a horizontal production.
Why should places of manufacture of consumption or food not find their place in the heart of city?
The concept of the Tour Vivante aim is to associate the agricultural production, dwelling and activities in a single and vertical system. This system would allow to make the city denser meanwhile a greater autonomy could be gained reliance in agricultural plains, reducing the
need of transportation between urban and extra-urban territories. The yet unusual superimposition of these programs finally makes it possible to consider new practical and energetic relations between agricultural culture, tertiary spaces, housing and trade inducing a very strong energy saving.