|The first medical school in the world is a popular tourist site in Montpellier|
|A lovely landscaped street next to Place Comedie, the major downtown square...a comedy festival was about to start just as we were leaving. Pity!|
|Who knew? Many French cities have their own Arc de Triomph|
|The inside the trams is bright and airy. I wonder if there was much discussion when the colour was chosen!|
|The overall site plan for Antigone, which was developed in the 80's is very formal and based on symmetry.|
|While I questioned the Greek theme, it is consistent...a Spanish architect was responsible for the plan|
|I think the original designer of this type of fountain should be required to go around the world and clean the resulting litter up. I hate them!|
|One of the civic buildings within the development, as viewed from our tour train|
|Another government building...this one the offices of the regional government.|
Port Marianne was quite different. It is still underway and will one day be a planned community for 50,000 people. It includes a variety of contemporary architectural styles, but has an overall master plan and design coordination that works very well.
|This new development nicely weaves new mid-rise buildings into what might be described as sustainable landscape planning|
|One of my favourite buildings...both for the overall design and colour, but also for the large balconies/terraces|
|Someone needs to go around Europe and tell the architects that while wood looks lovely on the outside for a few months, it generally wears badly on these contemporary buildings....see last years buildings in Hamburg Exposition|
|What not every building is my cup of tea, the overall massing, with the constant base design is very attractive|
|A clever name...surprised to see the project is by Kaufman and Broad, one of America's largest developers|
|A very high quality treatment for new sidewalks and paved areas|
|I was intrigued by both the decorative concrete base, and some of the exterior materials...in this case a metal or plastic lattice type system which results in very interesting designs|
Montpellier, like many French cities is becoming increasingly 'green'. In addition to the tram system, there is an extensive bike-share and car-share program. Furthermore, the City Hall not only looks very good, with 14,000 sq.ft. of photovoltaic panels, it produces much of its own energy.
While Vancouver's mayor wants our city to be the greenest in the world, it's going to take a very long time before we catch up to Montpellier, if ever!