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Sowing the Seed of Urban Transformation

Julien De Smedt Architects

Europa | Lille

Lille’s urban structure tells a story of the many changes, projections and hopes that down the centuries have swept up this city of northern France. Equidistant to Paris, the Flemish region, the port of Calais and London, as early as the Middle Ages Lille was a major node on the trade flows crisscrossing the area. In the 19th century, it was one of France’s industrial centers, becoming a European transport and services hub in the 1990s.

Its proximity to the infrastructure corridor leading to Central Europe led to the development at the end of the 1980s of Euralille, the huge high-speed train station with shops, offices, parking lots, hotels, residences, concert and conference halls. Designed by OMA, it stood for the idea of a Europe physically connected by the Channel Tunnel and institutionally bound together by the Treaty of Maastricht.

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