A green city with a thousand facets, Lyon invites you to discover its wealth of landscapes and architectural heritage.

03 October 2017

A green city with a thousand facets, Lyon invites you to discover its wealth of landscapes and architectural heritage.
Why not take advantage of Paysalia to explore Lyon, a green city with a thousand facets? The CAUE “architecture and landscape” circuits are organized just for you!

 Paysalia will be held from the 5th to 7th of December, 2019. Make the most of the circuits organized by the Conseil d’Architecture, d’Urbanisme et de l’Environnement (CAUE) to explore the multiple facets of Lyon, the 4th greenest city in France. From the banks of Lyon’s two rivers, the Saone and the Rhone, up to the hills above the city, Lyon definitely merits its reputation as a green city !

Bucolic strolls in the Tête d’Or park

It is not by chance that Paysalia is held in Lyon. Lovers of beautiful walks will enjoy the tens of gardens and parks throughout the Metropolis.
Start with a stroll in the 105-hectare Tête d’Or park. Encircling a 16-hectare lake, this masterpiece of landscaping art is in the middle of the city. Don’t miss the botanical garden created in 1775. It has one of the most beautiful European collections featuring 15,000 plant species !
When past and present join forces beside the river Saone.
Lyon’s architectural heritage can be seen in the majestic buildings on the banks of the river Saone. The CAUE proposes two “Architecture and Landscape” circuits on these themes. The Garden and terraces of the Carthusian monks, the École Nationale des Finances Publiques, the Grenier d’Abondance and la Compagnie Nationale du Rhône all link the past with the present.

The successful rehabilitation of the quartier de l’Industrie

Since the year 2000, architects rival each other in creativity to embellish the banks of the rivers. The new project for the Quartier de l’Industrie has resulted in astonishing industrial and commercial buildings as well as new housing. Good examples are the head offices of the CEGID and Groupama groups. The industrial rehabilitation project mixes old and new. The housing programs are integrated into a landscaped public space in which gardens and user-friendliness have top priority.

The Duchère district shows the prowess of the architects and town planners

A new town, the Duchère was hallmarked by its massive post-war architecture. As from 2003, a new concept radically changed its visual identity. The tower blocks evolved into small islands of mixed housing, with new cultural possibilities and shopping malls. During your visit you will see how the town planners modified its overall look.

You can also discover 4 of the most way-out ecological town planning projects in the world!

During your time at Paysalia, be surprised and convinced by all the facets the green city of Lyon displays! The “Architecture and Landscape” circuits provided by the CAUE are excellent introductions to the subject. You may also be interested in the fact that the end of Paysalia coincides with Lyon’s universally famous Festival of Lights. The impressive Festival highlights and brings to life Lyon’s most beautiful buildings !

Photo credits : Pixabay.Ddzphoto

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