Louvain- la -Neuve ( German Neu- lion ) is a Belgian planned city in the Walloon province of Walloon Brabant and a district of Ottignies -Louvain- la -Neuve. It was created in 1971 as a home for the French- speaking part of the Catholic University of Leuven, the Université catholique de Louvain, who had split in the wake of the Flemish- Walloon conflict.


The town owes its existence to the language disputes in Belgium in the 1960s, as the Flemish community had the impression of being pushed back in the era of incipient mass university in their own Flemish lion. It came then to growing demands for resettlement of French-speaking professors and students of the Catholic University of Leuven ( KUL / UCL) in Louvain. On the basis of a statement by the Belgian Bishops' Conference of 1966, the two former separated by language departments have been converted into two separate universities, where the French-speaking Université catholique de Louvain ( UCL), a new city ( a "new lion " ) was built. From 1971, as was near Ottignies the city of Louvain -la -Neuve, the first towns founded in present-day Belgium since that of Charleroi ( 1666). Served as the model, among others, the design of the French Ville nouvelle. Under the influence of the art historian Raymond Lemaire it came to moving from an "Urban à la Brasilia and Chandigarh, " and to focus on traditional townscapes. Today, Louvain- la Neuve has approximately 10,000 permanent residents. At the UCL study approximately 19,600 students, of whom about half live while studying in Louvain- la -Neuve.

The Montesquieu Square

Aerial view of the technology park of Louvain- la -Neuve

Kot -à- projet

A particular form of student housing in Louvain- la -Neuve is the kot -à- projet or short cape: He is a residential community of students who run a non-profit project. The University provides for the kaps discounted homes available. In this way, over 100 projects have emerged.

They range from disability assistance, organization of excursions, film and music festival, orchestra, on care of ERASMUS students to issues such as human rights or development cooperation - in the university town of Louvain- la -Neuve two Fairtrade transactions were these initiatives established. A private cape cares about the calendar of events and the announcement of the events in the Internet and on billboards.

In the thirty years of its existence, kot -à- projets have often taken a leading role - the waste paper collection in the University, for example, was initiated by a Cape (now this task but was taken over by the municipality ).

Every year there is a large common notion of the activities of all the cape as part of a trade show where the public and (future) can inform students and, where appropriate, can find the right project for them.

24 heures vélo de Louvain- la -Neuve

Since 1976, held once a year on a Wednesday in late October and throughout Louvain- la -Neuve organized by the students of UCL and known throughout Belgium cycling race, the 24 heures vélo de Louvain- la -Neuve, instead. There are three groups: one folkloric, is commenced in which possible with original decorations wheels, a humanitarian, is collected in which money for a good cause, and one in which it purely comes to athletic performance.

Hergé Museum

On 2 June 2009 the Hergé Museum was opened in Louvain- la -Neuve, which is dedicated to the work of the Belgian comic artist and author's Hergé. Originally Brussels had been planned as the site for the new museum, but after there had been no suitable building ground, gave way to the initiators of Louvain- la- Neuve. The glass and concrete building was designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc. In the future, the exhibition aims to attract 200,000 visitors a year.