Val d Europe is a new city created in 1987, located next to the first tourist destination in Europe, Disneyland Paris. The challenge of this unique architectural and urban experience was to design, ex nihilo, a city that simultaneously represents beauty, practicality, and sustainability, creating social diversity without architectural discrimination, limiting the use of vehicles, and responding to ecological imperatives. This book presents, without concealing the difficulties, the process that was put into place in order to achieve the same urban quality as Europe s most beautiful cities.
Maurice Culot, architect, city planner, and editor, is president of the European group Arcas, the Foundation for Architecture in Brussels, the Modern Architecture Archives, and the triennial Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture. Bernard Durand-Rival joined the architecture and city planning teams of Euro Disney Associes S.C.A. in 1998. He has since ensured the creative responsibility of the city planning for the new city of Val d Europe.