I think the European study project is inspiring me too. As a green city in France, the government of Nantes is encouraging people to choose more environmental friendly way for traveling. Good quality of facilities for cycling is provided for citizens. What’s more, the tram can take you to every corner of the city.
The other point which should be pay attention to is the regeneration for Nantes, e specially the island on the Loire River. It was the industrial places before, but now is changing into landscape, not only to keep the memory of the places, but also the sustainable renaissance for the city.
For me, this project gives me a good opportunity to visit a different city rather than just staying in Newcastle. Now I understand that the solution of urban design will have a number of choices basing on the different cities and cultures. The more places you visit, the more ideas you will achieve.