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A rapidly growing region
Founded in 1972, the pedestrian city Louvain-la-Neuve remains a unique example of urban development and has seen exponential growth ever since. A major focal point thanks to its university, the city, with its high technology park, its offices, its residential districts, its schools, its sporting and cultural infrastructures, is an integral part of a very special region: Brabant Wallon. In the heart of a region which is seeing the strongest economic and demographic growth in Belgium, Louvain-la-Neuve has met the challenge of being a new town able to develop harmoniously. It is home to the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), one of Europe’s most prestigious universities dating back to the 15th century.
With 40% of its territory made up by green spaces, this city has turned its natural environment into a major advantage, enabling it to claim today the title of ‘ city in the country’.
It is constructed around a market, a crossroads, with a labyrinth of little streets at its centre. This particular style of urban planning is based on a theory developed by Leonardo da Vinci: ‘only let that which is good looking be seen on the surface of a city’. So pedestrians and cyclists move about in the totally pedestrianised city centre on a concrete level which covers an immense underground car park and all the infrastructure necessary for the city to function correctly.

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