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January 2018 : Tassia

After my winter break on the french Riviera, i decided to go on mapping Tassia. I detailed the most central areas of the city in order to give a good impression of what is Tassia. I also completed the Wiki article here I am quite pleased with the result. But, after a few days, I felt like I had enough of this. So I moved on to the capital.

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February: Valoris by the south

So I decided to start mapping the capital area of my country. This is a big challenge as I want it to be very good. First, I must say that I am satisfied I didn't start by the capital as my mapping skills are way better now.

I fixed the main natural features of the areas (rivers mountains and forests), then the main skeleton of the city (it might change though). And then... Where to start? I had my concept: a "european" metropolis with a not so good urban organization, a lack of general planning, car-friendly facilities from the 60ies-70ies and diverse neighborhoods. As my views on the city center are not completely settled, I started by the southern banlieue. I also decided to keep the level details at my "Belleville level".

The result is I mapped mainly south of a river, where the city meets the coutryside. And this is (I think) difficult to achieve: how does the metropolis vanish into the rural areas? That is my current challenge.

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March 2018

Valoris centre, first try

Finally, inspiration came... I have decided to start the very heart of my mapping project. This area is the oldest part of Valoris my capital. I only draw the first streets and places but I feel it goes in the right direction. I will follow this direction and see where it brings Valoris. I can't garantee though that I won't delete or change everything in the coming days.

The right bank of the river will be the historical center of the city, concentration of the religious and political powers (on the hill). The left bank (south) will be the commercial city of the 19th century.

This core lays (will lay) in the middle of a (what I want to be a) car-friendly mediterranean-european-like sprawling metropolis.

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Valoris, here it is

I went on mapping of Valoris during whole March. The city core now has its structure. It is organized around 3 historical districts: en bas, en haut and en face. They are named (in French obviously) in reference to their position regarding the main natural features of the city: the river and the cliff.

The city experienced a very car-friendly policy between 1930 and 2000.

En haut ? En bas ? En face ?

En bas would be the historical city center (15th to 18th century). You find there the city hall and the cathedral as well as many shopping areas. Buildings are old but protected. There are many bars and restaurants around place Mottaret which can be considered as one of the night life hub of the city.

En haut would be the oldest part of the city. You find there the location of the first settlements of Valoris. This location was chosen because it was easy to defend. With peace, it turned out that it was not that convenient to develop a metropolis, and the city center moved en bas. Today this area remains the heart of the Broceliande power: le Palais (Prince’s residence) is there as well as the Consul residence and many ministries, administrations and embassies.

En face would be the new 18th century city. As en haut and en bas became too small to host the city activities, the authorities decided to create a new center on the left bank of the river. The new district was planned to be convenient: straight and larger streets, gardens and other amenities. The heart of this new town is Le Palais en ville and its gardens which were conceived as a new Prince’s residence. Today this area linked with the Midi area is the commercial center of the metropolis (department stores…).

Eklas challenge and the railway stations

I also mapped three of the five main train stations of Valoris: Midi, Occident and Saint-Jean. Nord and Est must be completed. I located these stations on the 1850 city limits like it is usually found in western European cities.

The main station and main national hub is Valoris Midi. The stations are connected by a rail ring (not completely mapped yet) but there is no underground or overground junction through the city center. The metro will play this role.

May 2018

Alessa's mapper Challenge: details

Since march, i've been working on the general mapping of Valoris (mainly the southern side). In May, i started the details and focused on the CBD of the city (QCA in French).

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The QCA is organized around the stock exchange building (palais de la Bourse) in a relativly old part of the city. As a consequence, the street grid is not regular and old construtions can be found in the among the modern towers and shiny office buildings (something close to the City of London). In the Valoris QCA, you fnd the headquarters of all the main national companies as welle as the offices of international companies. This process of detailing a CBD led me to think about architecture: what is the towers and other building footprint? How are the plazas organized? how does it fit with a 17th century street grid? I hope I made it realistic.

Moving East, you find the commercial district organized around the Cours de Sansévérina and the rue d'Ataraxie: department stores, cinemas, theatres, all kind of shops... This is the vibrant center of the metropolis.

I started to draw the métro network in the city center. This may evolve in the future.

June 2018, Le Palais and so on

I detailed the Prince of Broceliande official residence: LE PALAIS. It is located on top of the city cliffs and close to the location of Valoris foundation. The Palais is composed of several buildings of different historical periods.

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It has the particularity of being divided in 2 parts : The private one and the public one. The public palace is the oldest one and is open to visitors. It is also the place used for all official ceremonies. The private part is... completly private.

The Palais is completed by gardens (whitch are supposed to be very beautiful), administrative buildings and a Library.

After The details of the Palace, I will go on mapping the details of the areas around it. The historical site of the Valoris foundation is already completed (just North of the Palais).

Suumer 2018, More details in Valoris

For the summer, I went on detailling central Valoris on several areas (it is difficult for me to stay on one front). Valoris is a Western European-like dense city.

The main improvements are located in the city center: En face, en bas and en haut as well as on several green spaces (Champ Doré, Cours Louise, Orangerie and the Thème Park Corelli). The capital transport network has also been completed by two tram lines (N for Nord and S for south) and I modified the métro. Several embassies and cultural centers also opened and the most of the national institutions are now mapped. Now the capital is a capital.

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