The Cité internationale’s park was landscaped in the 1930s by Jean Claude Nicolas Foresiter, then Léon Azéma, in coordination with the campus architect. It is located on the old Thiers fortifications. Influenced by American campuses, the park has a regular and compartmentalised grid with distinct spaces: relaxation and walking areas, sports and games facilities and landscaped gardens for the houses.
The Cité internationale’s park offers a rich natural heritage, vital for the habitat, food and reproduction of numerous species. There are 52 species of birds, representing more than 25% of the species known in Paris. The park also has 3045 trees covering 235 species. Some trees reflect the campus’s international dimension: weeping blue cedars from the Atlas Mountains, tulip trees from Virginia, pagoda trees from Japan and even the ginkgo biloba tree from China.
Since 2009, the gardeners have adopted a reasoned approach to maintaining the park by taking into account the characteristics and usage of each space. The ecological corridors were created to allow for the circulation of species and the dissemination of vegetables. The brownfields, evolving freely, serve as a refuge for all kinds of species. The rain gardens offer a new biotope in which the fauna, hygrophilous plants and microorganisms live in mutual dependence.
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