A NEW HORIZON... To reinforce Marseille’s international reputation and assert its role as a Euro-Mediterranean trade center, Euroméditerranée’s institutional partners and the national and local governments decided at the end of 2007 to extend the scope of the project to the north by 169 hectares. This extension brought the project to 480 hectares, making Euroméditerranée the largest urban renewal project in southern Europe.
THE EXTENSION: 169 HECTARES TO BE “RE-THOUGHT,” RE-URBANIZED
Enacted in late 2007 by the French Prime Minister, the Euroméditerranée extension includes an area of 169 hectares bordered by the Cap Pinède and Les Arnavaux to the north, the village of Canet to the east and Bougainville/ the CMA Tower to the south. Only 3,000 people live in this area, mainly made up of major rights-of-way such as the Canet and Arenc train stations. The use of these spaces will be optimized to prevent urban sprawl. (Download the Decree)
OBJECTIVE: TO HAVE MARSEILLE JOIN THE RANKS OF OTHER MAJOR FRENCH METROPOLITAN AREAS BY 2020
A mixed-use, experimental eco-neighborhood, the goals for the extension are ambitious. They include a doubling in size of Marseille’s business district, new housing, an urban park and major new facilities to develop and maintain the metropolitan area’s attractiveness.
A LIVABLE NEIGHBORHOOD
The extension’s impact will reach far beyond its boundaries: public transit, extensive green space, local facilities, shops and public spaces will enhance the quality of life for local and nearby residents while also beautifying the downtown area.
AN EXPERIMENTAL ECO-NEIGHBORHOOD
If Euroméditerranée seeks the best balance of economic efficiency, social cohesion and environmental protection, the extension will allow the project to expand its urban ecology. A 15-hectare "green corridor" (the Parc des Aygalades) will provide a space that is precious to the quality of life and will also offer a wetland to resolve local flooding problems. In addition, innovative systems are being studied to reduce energy consumption and increase heat exchange among the future district’s various operations.
FOR AND WITH THE MARSEILLE RESIDENTS
Euroméditerranée is also talking with residents, who are the cornerstone of the project.
THE URBAN PLANNING COMPETITION
An urban planning competition to produce an outline of the development of this area was launched by Euroméditerranée in 2008.
Three teams of architects, planners, landscape architects and engineers were called to compete, and the winners were appointed in the fall of 2009. Implementation is expected to start in 2012.
1er François Leclercq / TER / Rémy Marciano / Jacques Sbriglio / SETEC
2e Bruno Fortier / TN+/ CETE Méd / Interface Transport / Arcadis / Ginger / SETEC / INEX
3e A/NM/A Nicolas Michelin / Michel Corajoud / Laurent Hodebert
EGIS / Interface Transport
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