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City Design

Micr’Home at the 2017 Voyage à Nantes. Courtesy of: Myrtille Drouet

What is City Design?

Pollution, congestion, security, energy or even well-being and health: the city of tomorrow is facing new challenges that redefine the design of homes, offices, public spaces and transportation that must be connected, multimodal and accessible to as many people as possible.

City Design addresses the rapid evolution of cities and their organizations; as well as the issues of tactical urban planning, adaptation of spaces, the connected city (smart city) and the fundamental role of the designer in the changes to come. The anthropocentric logic also integrates the fundamentals of an inclusive design that aims to start from the needs of individuals in their diversity.

Main Themes

  • Street furniture(s) and micro-architectures,
  • Scenography and layout of commercial, residential and office spaces
  • Transportation of goods and people
  • Development of infrastructures and temporary or permanent pedestrian spaces

Programs in City Design at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

MDes City Design

The MDes City Design explores the concept of accessibility and co-design to create sustainable and innovative spaces, products and services, in all areas of application. It is based on a human-centered and participatory approach, within a universal design (Design for all).


MDes International Design Strategy / Le Studio France

This program entirely taught in English encourages the exploration of French culture in an applied interdisciplinary context, and offers a great opportunity to carry out design projects in a multicultural context.

Within this program, students will be able to choose to work on projects linked to City Design.

Specifically tailored for international students who hold a Bachelor degree in design or equivalent, this program allows a good integration and a better approach of the methodology as taught at school through design practices.


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City Design Lab