Cities of the future : what will Montpellier in 2050 ?

The Lez at Montpellier. — N. Bonzom / Maxele Press

  • Of the architects of the corner evoke the future of the capital héraultaise.
  • In 2050, the nature will always have its place ?
  • And what will happen to it in the centre of the city ?

Driven by demography and ultra-fast, Montpellier getting bigger by the minute : 35 years ago, Antigone was a former huge military area abandoned it 25 years ago, Port-Marianne was not the neighborhood hype that there is today and there was 10 years ago, the Grisettes, Ovalie, or la Lironde did not exist. And in 2050 then ?

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On the occasion of the national Day of architecture, 20 Minutes if is asked what may well look like the capital héraultaise in more than 30 years. Nature does it including always in his place ? Of the architects of the corner pull out their crystal balls.

“The city has driven out the nature”

Luc Antoine he fears for the countryside. The architect from montpellier, which organizes walks “feng shui” in the city centre, does not see a very good eye the announced suppression on the long-term of the corners of greenery. “I’m not very optimistic,” he says. There are still quite a few trees in Montpellier, on the esplanade or the garden of plants… The Lez, it was a real asset. But it has been piped and concreted, the trees were planted in line. The city has driven out little by little the nature. For years, we grappille the lands that remain. “And by 2050, could it be worse ?

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The small waterfall of the Lez at Montpellier. – N. Bonzom / Maxele Press

The Lez, which passes through Montpellier, will there be as much preserved in the horizon 2050 ?

Antoine Garcia-Diaz at his side, holds out hope. “The great landscapes will always be there,” said the Montpellier region, including the workshop of architects, urban planners, and landscape architects has designed some of the infrastructure highlights of the city, as the hub of the Corum.

“We will continue to build, but with spaces-vegetated”

The Scot, the territorial coherence Scheme, must be one of the guarantors of this balance, he says. And its revision, led by the metropolis, seems to want to determine ” the natural and agricultural to protect “.

But now, it will be necessary to accommodate the new inhabitants… ” and fill the small gaps that remain, in the city or in villages. With a little imagination, ” he says. “Montpellier is affected by episodes cévenols, nature preserve, least waterproof the floors, that has to be a priority, stresses Présicillia Homand-Troudard, an architect trained at the school of Montpellier. By 2050, we will continue to build, more group housing, in particular, but with spaces-vegetated. “

The district Cambacérès to Montpellier. – The metropolis of Montpellier

In Montpellier, the future district Cambacérès, party for several decades of construction, will include a large “Central Park” and tree here and there.

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“More intimate spaces”

For its part, the architect héraultais Olivier Pradié think that the trend will lead Montpellier by 2050 to a ” museumification of old center and the gentrification of popular neighbourhoods “. Otherwise, a desertion of the Patch, which would lose its ” living “, which would not be more than a place to pass time. And the migration of Montpellier’s most affluent to neighborhoods up here are quite popular…

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For Luc Antoine, in particular, is not ” loitering not enough on the Comedy.” “On the crosses, makes an appointment with you to go elsewhere, we did not remain there, he says. I see more intimate spaces, structure the place that it can stay there. “

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There is another image on the crystal ball of the architects of the corner : the Mediterranean sea. For most of them, the dream déhcu of Georges Frêche, the former mayor of the city, will be achieved in 2050 : Montpellier has joined the sea, with the birth of a whole bunch of commercial projects or real estate.