The island is the heart of the city. It’s just a few steps from the historic centre, it offers the opportunity to build a metropolitan centre which meets the needs students and local residents, which creates a cultural hub for those who live in the area.
It was planned out over 20 years ago, the urban project which is based on a strong political determination to restructure the city while fostering an economic and social environment that meets today’s needs. With the diverse, widely available spaces featuring exceptional landscapes, it offers a unique opportunity to control urban sprawl and build the city. It aims to accommodate all uses, from housing, universities, business, cultural venues, recreational spaces and major infrastructure, with the focus on innovation and sustainable development.
ONE ISLAND, MULTIPLE IDENTITIES
The line of bridges and the suburbs
Located at the centre of the island, a line of bridges linking the North and south shores of the Loire. An initial population movement began, taking advantage of the river to develop small cottage industries and then larger scale industrial activities.
Industrialisation in the West
The industry took over to enlarge the harbour and provide space for shipbuilding. The industrial activities developed, bringing with them a new working class residential area, new roads, the State Railway Station and new railway lines.
Urbanisation in the East
The wet meadows of Ile Beaulieu were regained to create a neighbourhood with urban development. The Boulevard du General de Gaulle set up a second line of bridges.
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes (ENSAN) has a prime location on the Île de Nantes. The school only opened in 2009 and brings roughly 800 students to the island, they aim to improve teaching methods by using new technologies. There is easy access to the public, as well as the large rooftop terrace overlooking the city, people are encouraged to come enjoy the facilities and look at the exhibition.
There are a lot of interesting projects located just a couple of minutes from the school. Below are just a few of my favourites.
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Also, If you have any questions about Erasmus or Nantes, feel free to contact me.