A sustainable Mediterranean city
The sustainable Mediterranean city of the future is a model that factors in the geographical, climate-related and cultural features of the Mediterranean. It draws on the history of the city, its unique people and innovative ideas that will shape the future. It is sustainable, smart and connected.
The Euroméditerranée Urban Development Agency’s vision is to make the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis a model for other cities to follow – across Southern Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.
Digital as a springboard for the port
CMarseille’s major sea port is the convergence point for almost 20,000 km of submarine communications cables heading to Africa and Asia. The port has geography on its side, enjoying a prime location on the already busy and overcrowded northern shore of the Mediterranean. Long known for its petrochemical industry, the port has embraced digital technologies as it competes with its tech-savvy counterparts in Northern Europe, such as Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg. As a so-called “smart port”, it will harness the very latest innovations in logistics, energy, user information, the environment, and safety and security as it lays the groundwork for life in a post-oil world.
Building a thriving community
The Euroméditerranée Urban Development Agency is determined to shape districts that are pleasant places to live, with:
- New and renovated residential property
- Local services and public spaces
- Ambitious sustainability goals.
The operation involves regenerating and revitalising historic parts of the city for the benefit of all residents. Through various built-environment and public-space initiatives, the agency is seeking to make run-down areas better places to live.
Housing in Euroméditerranée
and 7,000 renovated
in the extension section
The Euroméditerranée Urban Development Agency intends to boost the attractiveness of districts not traditionally considered residential by using everyday architecture with strong quality-of-life appeal. Quality is the watch word for all residents, from urban developments to individual housing units.
Early on, Euroméditerranée embraced sustainable planning and development principles in an effort to strike the right balance between community cohesion, economic growth and the environment.
A major business district
Euroméditerranée is home to one of the largest city-centre business districts in Southern Europe.
- 5,300 businesses and 37,000 jobs
- 84% of jobs in the urban service sector
- 7 main business segments: real estate/construction, green growth, banking and insurance, health, logistics/international trade, the digital industry, and tourism
- High representation of managerial staff (43%) and graduates (68% with at least a 2-year degree)
- And a platform of business support services