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The tram: a French passion

Image of tramway in Dijon

30 years ago it was an old fashioned and clumsy way to travel. But, now the tramway has made its comeback. Since its return, in modern form, in Nantes in 1985, it hasn’t stopped seducing decision-makers who use it to help renovate their cities.

From 4 April to 12 July 2014 at the Lieu du design, the exhibition “Tramways: A French School”, organised by Yo Kaminagai, Design Representative for the Paris transport network, the RATP, explores this French obsession.

Through the quality of the projects developed, it has brought together the creative energy of designers, urban planners, architects and artists as well as industrialists and transport professionals. The tram has left its mark on the history of French urban planning to such an extent that this “French school” is today a model for urban planners across the globe, particularly in Morocco, Spain and Japan.


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