Nîmes, with a population of 150,000 is changing. As a result of deliberate efforts it has combined for nearly thirty years cutting-edge contemporary art and the riches of the past. The old districts are being renovated and the city is spreading towards the south. Architectural and town planning projects have been entrusted to the greatest international names—Norman Foster, Vittorio Gregotti, Kisho Kurokawa, Mieko Inoue, Jean Nouvel, Martial Raysse, Philippe Starck and Jean-Michel Wilmotte.
Completed in 2013, the 'AEF' project designed by the architect and town planner Alain Marguerit is aimed at enlarging the historic centre by creating a continuous 8-hectare urban area covering the arena, Esplanade Charles de Gaulle and the railway station, making a twenty-first century forum.
The Communauté d’Agglomération Nîmes Métropole has excellent economic vitality in agrifood, the nuclear industry, metrology, biotechnologies and winegrowing. More than 7500 business have been founded in recent years.
Tomorrow has arrived. Nîmes, a dynamic city, looks at it with pleasure.