The aim is to make the agora an environmentally-exemplary project that embodies the School's commitment. It meets today's highest standards in sustainable construction and is aiming for certification to the HQE Excellent, BREEAM Very Good and OsmoZ standards. The agora is an eco-friendly building that factors environmental responsibility into every aspect of its operation. It is connected to the metropolitan area's urban heating network, which is one of France’s foremost green networks, and it has solar panels on the roof to contribute towards producing sustainable electricity. It also has a natural cooling system instead of air conditioning. To address the impact of the travel it generates, the School has built environmentally-friendly means of transport into its design, achieving remarkable accessibility by bike and public transport on the B metro line, tram line 1, various bus lines, the Jean Macé train station, parking for 400 bikes and no car parking except for disabled parking...
To make the user experience as smooth and easy as possible, the agora has also been designed from a digital viewpoint. It will be a smart building, equipped with an information-gathering tool to optimize its consumption and management. Over and above the building itself, the agora's connectivity will be embodied in its facilities and its operating principles. As far as its teaching is concerned, emlyon aims to deliver 20% of its courses on-line and is equipping its future campus accordingly to help the faculty deliver high-quality distance teaching. With regard to its internal operation, it has incorporated the new modes of connected working and will operate on a flex-office principle in the best possible conditions of well-being at work. Lastly, the agora's flagship venues, such as the library and the makers' lab, have been designed to accommodate next-generation hybrid tools and principles, in keeping with the ambitions of a Global Business University.
The campus has been designed as a living framework, at once open and constantly changing in step with requirements and its users. Adaptability - whether in the equipment and facilities, the furniture or the use of space - is one of the main criteria for the agora's design. Accordingly it allows for the broadest possible range of uses for each of its spaces. The beating heart of the campus is the central area situated on the ground level. It is the most eloquent example of this philosophy: it is a passageway, an area for relaxing, a gathering place, an event venue... The campus also adapts to different types of user and is fundamentally open and accessible to them. The base of the building opens out directly onto the surrounding district, either by the street that runs through it or its services, which are open to the community at large: baker's shop, brasserie, library open to all students studying in Lyon, a fablab open to all makers, etc. The agora is a real nodal point at the center of its district.