Creation and participative production of portraits of workers, residents and members of community groups | ICF Habitat La Sablière

Faces of Noisy-Le-Sec




ICF Habitat La Sablière, the subsidiary of train operator SNCF, manages an apartment building at Noisy-Le-Sec which comprises 397 apartments in a special development zone (ZAC). There are plans to build, just opposite the apartment building, a further 600 apartments and 3000 m2 of shops and businesses. A new street will also join the apartment building to the city centre and a building with 90 apartments will be demolished. 


During this period of major change, where community links are even more important, ICF Habitat wanted to empower the residents of the building. The suburbs with social housing also have a reputation, too often a bad one. However, they have strong, generous and skilled communities. Whether they are residents, caretakers or community groups, they all contribute to the construction of the identity of this apartment building, which is rich with their stories and respective lives … and yet they might not necessarily always know each other.


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A l’arrivée, il y a la satisfaction de voir qu’on partage un quotidien sans le savoir mais aussi des intérêts et des valeurs communes puis une nouvelle relation qui se crée. Pari réussi, la mayonnaise a pris ! »

Ariane Mavroïdis, 
Chargée de Développement Social Urbain, ICF Habitat La Sablière