Created in 1983 and labelled the Greater Paris Cluster of Excellence in 2012, Cité Descartes is home to a quarter of French research dedicated to the Sustainable City. This art of city-creation takes place across 123 hectares on Champs-sur-Marne and Noisy-le-Grand, dynamic towns that will see increased accessibility with the execution of the Grand Paris Express “Noisy-Champs” metro station.
The campus is also a place for smart city experimentation, thanks to innovative buildings such as the Bienvenüe and the Coriolis. In addition, Cité Descartes has ambitious plans to become a real city district: almost 500,000 sqm of mixed-use buildings (offices, shops, housing, etc.) are planned between now and 2030 (EpaMarne).
The construction of housing, offices, shops and public facilities makes it a viable and sought-after place to live. On the one hand, this urban project has been built on harmonious dialogues between the city and its surrounding natural environment, where the availability of services contribute to the well-being and easy living of the residents. Simultaneously, the development of a remarkable know-how and advanced ecosystem in the city of tomorrow stimulates excellence and partnerships between the territory’s stakeholders.