In 2013, the Mayor of Paris, the Chancellor of the Universities of Paris and the International University Campus in Paris signed an historic agreement, which approved the new Land Management Plan for the International Campus and designated it as contracting authority for the operation.
These commitments are a logical consequence of the historic real property exchange agreement, concluded in 2011 between the State, the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris, the City of Paris and the International Campus, which will make it possible to construct accommodation for some 1,800 students and researchers on the International Campus.
A new land management plan
This land management project is indicative of a common desire: to make the International University Campus in Paris a campus which sets an example on the international scale in terms of town planning and student life.
Project ownership has been entrusted to the International Campus, which can therefore proceed to implement the land management operation for the parkland as from 2015, at the end of 18 months of planning of the work to be contracted and of administrative procedures.
This land management project responds to three major aspirations:
- to construct 10 new residences to receive students and researchers in international mobility,
- to improve the quality of life for the residents and users,
- to upgrade and extend the International Campus parkland.
These projects will be financed in their entirety as part of the Campus Plan – Student Life project in Paris, proposed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The project for the development of the International Campus has been selected from among the 13 priority projects for Higher Education and Research in Paris.
The “Guide Plan”, a strategic tool
The EXP architects / Sempervirens / ATPI group has created, at the request of the International University Campus in Paris, a “Guide Plan” to enable the International Campus to share with all its partners and interlocutors a strategic management tool for the project as well as an operational framework, in which all the operations which it intends to carry out in the next few years, can be developed.
The “Guide Plan” defines the intentions and the coherence of the whole development project and determines the main tasks to be undertaken on the International Campus Park.
The main directives of the guide plan are:
- to integrate the project into the historic fabric of the city.
- to reconcile the density of building, the landscape and the quality of the architecture.
- to expand the Campus parklands.
- to improve transport and connections.
- to revitalize the way the area is used, to restore the balance in the park.
- to bring the sports and leisure facilities up to date.
- to protect the park from pollution from the ring road.
- to make the constraint on water a source of richness for the park.
- to preserve the open aspect of the site towards the city.
The “Guide Plan” is the result of intensive cooperation between the City of Paris, the services of the State, the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris and the International University Campus in Paris.
1,800 new lodgings, 10 new residences
The heart of the project: to provide new accommodation for students in Paris.
The first building project undertaken on the International University Campus in Paris since 1969, the extension of the Maison de l’ Inde will be the beginning of this great phase of development for the International Campus. The new building will enable the residence to increase the number of beds offered from 108 to 185, or 77 more comfortable, more spacious extra lodgings.
Then three new countries will have the opportunity to erect their residence (650 lodgings) on the parkland east of the International University Camus in Paris and thus to extend their academic and cultural influence in Paris.
Four further residences (750 lodgings), envisaged for 2017, will be constructed in the western parkland, allowing partnerships to be forged with foreign universities and countries.
In addition, 3 residences (300 lodgings) will be constructed on a partnership basis by the City of Paris. They will be handed over as from 2015 and 2016 and they will make it possible to accommodate researchers from the Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Paris in a renovated lodge on the International Campus (the Fondation Victor LYON), and to accommodate students, doctoral and post-doctoral students in two new buildings.
In 2015 the Région Ile-de-France will provide a residence with 142 lodgings conforming to a “ZEN” environmental objective (zero net energy).