Our students won the second place of the 2019 Geneva Challenge!

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ANNA FECHTOR, HILLARY BIRCH, MARIA GIORDA AND NATALIE BOYCHUK FINISHED SECONDS AT THE 2019 GENEVA CHALLENGE! 

Discover above a video presenting their project.

Congratulations to them on the work done!

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2/09/19

Three STUDENTS of the master Governing the Large Metropolis, Anna Fechtor, Hillary Birch, Maria Giorda and Natalie Boychuk from the Columbia University have been selected among the finalists (top 5 teams) in the 2019 Geneva Challenge. CONGRATULATIONS!

The Geneva Challenge is an international competition for graduate students : "Eager to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives and with the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the Graduate Institute Geneva launched, in 2014, the Advancing Development Goals Contest." 

One team is selected from each continent, and this year, our students will represent Europe! 
They have developed a formal proposal for an urban health intervention addressing infectious disease in informal settlements in Accra, with a specific focus on urban governance.

At the end of September, they will travel to Geneva to compete for first place in front of a jury. We wish them good luck.

Read their proposal abstract and the team member biographies

Find out more about the Geneva Challenge

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A group project report published on cybergeo!

The urban biodiversity
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THE FINAL REPORT OF A COLLECTIVE PROJECT HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED ON CYBERGEO, THE EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY.

The Institute for Research - CDC was the commissioning organisation of this project realised in 2018 by 5 students of the Master Regional and Urban Strategy: Alexandre Dejean, Aurélia Hild, Roxana Rotaru, Martha Sasso and Djamila Vuilleumier-Papaloïzos.

Their objective was to identify action levers to promote urban biodiversity in the context of the metropolization process:

"Today, biodiversity is seen as a necessary element in the construction of sustainable and resilient cities, particularly through the multiple services it provides to urban dwellers. The weakness of the consideration in public policies, questioned us on the interest of the new level of decision as that of the metropolis, in full formalization. We asked ourselves the question of the acceptability of this biodiversity in the emergence of the metropolis, in particular by seeking the levers or the brakes on this acceptability which conditions the decision making.

In order to answer them, we have built a cross analysis of four case studies in four French metropolises: Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nantes and Strasbourg. We met different actors of metropolis, city and associations. Our interviews led to the identification of six levers of acceptability: The culture of nature, the communication, the participative democracy, the law, the economy and the administrative organization. In view of the answers obtained, we discuss these different categories and the concrete recommendations that emerged from them.

Read the report

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Inaugural lecture of the Urban School

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How major events transform cities sustainably? The cases of the Universal Exhibition in 2015 in Milan and the Olympic Games Paris 2024 

Speakers: 

Languages : English and French.

Mandatory registration

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Loss of a colleague and friend

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We are saddened to report the death of our colleague and friend Luciano Vandelli of the University of Bologna on July 22.

We know the richness of Italian reflection on local and urban issues. Luciano Vandelli was one of the main drivers, if not the main driver, in the legal profession.

For a long time present on this intellectual scene, he offered a highly comparative look and strongly nourished with practical experience.

Comparative, he wrote the first systematic work on the system of the Spanish autonomous communities. He was extremely familiar with the French system: he regularly took part in national discussions, published in France and frequently took part in our seminars.

Its analyses were fed to an exceptional knowledge of the field realities, Luciano having successively been city council member to the City of Bologna, Vice-president of the province and city council member to administrative innovation and institutional reforms of the Emilia-Romagna Region. His theoretical-practical knowledge was queried and he was one of the main inspiration behind the recent legislation on metropolitan cities.

To discover his thoughts, we can read, for example: «Formes et tendances des relations entre collectivités territoriales» (Revue Française d'Administration Publique, 2007, n°1), “Evolution of decentralization in France and Italy: a comparative look” (with Marzia de Donno, Mélanges Marcou, 2018) or, if we understand Dante’s language, “Il sistema delle autonomie locali” (Il Mulino, 9° edition, 2018).

All our thoughts to his family.

Jean-Bernard Auby,
Sciences Po's emeritus professor

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Final presentation "Le Clos Saint-Louis, how to ensure a transition process?"

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THE PERIOD OF RENDERING OF GROUP PROJECTS BEGAN. DISCOVER THE WORK OF OUR STUDENTS.

The Project "Le Clos Saint-Louis, how to ensure a transition process?"

Commissioning organisationEPA Sénart

Students:  Vanille Guichard, Claire Hoppenreys, Sarah Kenani, Clémence Lebozec and Elise Poredos from the Urban planning programme

Work realised

Our order concerned the implementation of an urban development project on the Clos Saint-Louis, a 130 ha land located on the banks of the Seine on the commune of Dammarie-les-Lys. This former industrial site, very polluted, landlocked, support of illicit activities has for several years been the subject of a reflection on the possible development of a new district.

Between disagreements among institutional actors, reluctance of landowners and strong site constraints (oil, asbestos and silviculture pollution, enclaves, etc.), project dynamics have become bogged down. It is in this context that EPA Sénart was entrusted by the State, the Agglomeration and the municipality of Dammarie-les-Lys, to reactivate the site, within the framework of a partnership contract concluded for 5 years, with “to develop a technical and political consensus on the conditions for the feasibility and scripting of a public development project in the Quartier Saint-Louis”. Transitional urbanism then appeared as an immediate solution to rediscover this site to the local population and to contribute to the acceptance of the idea of a future project.

Our approach has been to hold meetings with local actors and research on the history of the site in order to establish an accurate diagnosis of both the land and the dynamics surrounding it. In parallel, we carried out a benchmark of different participative approaches and transitional occupations, in France and abroad, in order to gather feedback on comparable actions. These data have been compiled into deliverables with the following key inputs: ACTORS, TIMES, PLACES and ACTIONS. 

Because of our discovery and our knowledge of the site, we have gradually reoriented our order to formulate more than a project and a transitional response, a real methodology, a process. This methodology and the project outlines are grouped into a final part of our report, the STRATEGY booklet. Our work therefore consists of both an immersive diagnosis, concrete action proposals and a project methodology that we hope to see sustained and taken over by institutional actors through a cross-cutting support mission under the title of AMO Process.

What is a workgroup?

Called also capstone or group project, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.  

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Final presentation "The Clichy-Batignolles EcoDistrict"

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The Project "The Clichy-Batignolles Ecodistrict"

Commissioning organisationParis & Métropole Aménagement (P&MA)

Students:  Ky-Anne Dalix, Julie Guittard, Karolina Obuszko and Benoît Sénéchal from the Urban planning programme

Work realised

In October 2018, Paris & Métropole Aménagement (P&MA) called on a group of students to conduct an 8-month sociological study on the practices and practices of the Clichy-Batignolles ecodistrict.

On the one hand, it is a matter of providing a diagnosis of the practices of the neighbourhood, in order to improve the consideration of the real needs of the inhabitants in the practices of the developer. On the other hand, the aim is to produce results in view of the ecodistrict certification stage 4, while proposing evaluation methodology tools that can be deployed on other projects.

P&MA is thus a precursor, since only five eco-neighbourhoods are currently labelled “stage 4” in France. This sociological survey is therefore an opportunity for P&MA to participate in a real evolution of the ways of making the city, by a better consideration of the needs of users. Already engaged in projects that enhance the participation of the inhabitants - as part of the development of the former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital in Paris, in particular - it is now necessary to continue this effort on the basis of this study.

What is a workgroup?

Called also capstone or group project, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.  

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Final presentation "Conception of the intermediate hubs of the future EOLE Ouest axis and organization of the mobility week of the Grand Paris Seine and Oise territory"

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The Project "Conception of the intermediate hubs of the future EOLE Ouest axis and organization of the mobility week of the Grand Paris Seine and Oise territory"

Commissioning organisationGrand Paris Seine et Oise (GPSEO)

Students:  Marie Galland, Corentin Gallard, Júlia Munarriz and Valentin Petit from the Urban planning programme

Work realised

With the arrival of the future EOLE line, Grand Paris Seine et Oise (GPS&O) is looking to build a network of local hubs. GPS&O has commissioned a study to a group of four students of the Master in urban planning aiming to analyze the development of these new future hubs. 

The main challenge of this project is to boost multimodality in a solo-driving territory. To address this issue, the team relies on three key notions: service, temporality and networking. 

The methodology allows to identify places with a high mobility potential - particularly for drive-sharing - and aims to address the identified needs of the territory. The hubs will be activated at different times of the day, in order to offer relevant services that correspond with the displacement loops of the inhabitants. Their networking will strengthen the presence of hubs in the territory, enhance the territorial attractiveness and create a strong identity for GPS&O.

It is thus a transition project that forms part of a larger scale territorial project by addressing the social and economic issues.

What is a workgroup?

Called also capstone or group project, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.  

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Final presentation "The Operational study of solidary land systems to support the implementation of sustainable affordable housing"

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The Project "The Operational study of solidary land systems to support the implementation of sustainable affordable housing"

Commissioning organisation: Altarea Cogedim

Students: Camille Boursiez, Viktorie Fiserova, Jacques Longo and Adèle Sorge from the Urban planning programme

Work realised

Experienced up to now by social donors or communities, the Organisme de Foncier Solidaire (OFS), is this time seen under the prism of a particular private actor: the private real estate developer. At the request of Altarea Cogedim, the group of four students carried out a study to analyse the existing practices and the operational application, both legal, economic and financial, of an OFS carried out by a real estate developer. To do this, this research is based on more than fifty benchmarks and interviews conducted in several countries around the world with leading actors. 

Governed mainly by the ALUR law and the July 2016 Order, the diptych OFS/BRS is a response to a tense and expensive housing market in the large French metropolises that see the intermediate social classes fleeing the centers for the periphery. It is based on two major principles: the dissociation between the building and the land and a long-term rechargeable lease, the Solidary Real Lease (BRS).

This mechanism is the French transposition of the “Community Land Trust” created in the United States in the 1970s. While the original model puts the community of inhabitants at the forefront, this notion has been attenuated by the actors responsible for the circulation of the model in continental Europe and more particularly in France. Encouraged by the central government and by the communities who see it as a means of sustaining public money while building up land, the OFS’ benefit from measures designed to stimulate its development. In a system marked by a strong incrementalism, and despite the displayed will of some actors, the tools and instruments allowing the device evolve iteratively. In this experimental context, three groups of OFS are now identifiable: local authority OFS, EPF OFS and operator OFS.

The study is based on the positioning of stakeholders, particularly through their economic profiles. Thus, household balance sheets, of the OFS and the real estate developer are analysed to show the windows of opportunities relevant for the development of real estate transactions involving equalization between housing units in BRS and open housing.

This approach is territorialized within the metropolis of Grand Paris through three case studies: the XXth arrondissement of Paris, Montreuil and Pierrefitte-sur-Seine. These sites are as many economic and territorial realities as they are of different habitat markets and make it possible to make a diagnosis of the territories relevant for the implementation of OFS/BRS operations. Despite the substantial expenditure of public money, it appears that the scheme has a real impact in the tense environments of Paris and Montreuil and could allow revenues located around the 5th decile to remain in metropolitan centres.

In order to help it position itself as a responsible actor in the face of contemporary housing challenges, the group proposes several development scenarii to Cogedim Paris Métropole. It appears that the one positioning the sponsor as an engaged partner is the most viable while respecting its need for liquidity and leading it towards alternative and innovative solutions. As a result, a reduced lease to 18 years of age and apartments targeting large and small households could allow it to present a complementary offer to those already existing.

What is a workgroup?

Called also capstone or group project, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.  

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Graduation 2019

Congratulations to our graduates!
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After a year and a half or two years of work, the students of the Masters of Regional and Urban Strategy, Governing the Large Metropolis and the Urban Planning programme graduated on 28 June.

The ceremony, which their relatives were able to attend, took place at the Philharmonie de Paris.

Discover this moment full of emotions. 

 

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Final presentation "Support for regions in industrial transition"

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The Project "Support for regions in industrial transition"

Commissioning organisationCommission Européenne (DG Regio)

StudentsLucas Chevrier, Camille Gérard, Émilie Huet and Julien Maion from the master Regional and Urban Strategy

Work realised :

In September 2017, the European Commission (DG Regio) launched a call for expressions of interest, or Pilot Action, on the «Industrial Transition». The Centre-Val de Loire, Grand Est and Hauts-de-France regions have been selected for support and a framework for reflection to help cope with economic, social and environmental changes.

The Industrial Transition covers issues related to the preparation of future jobs (in the face of technological change), the development of innovation (and its diffusion), the transition to a low-carbon industry (decarbonization), promoting entrepreneurship (and the private sector) and developing inclusive growth.

The report proposes the study of these themes through the realization and analysis of 43 interviews conducted in the three regions with institutional, academic and economic actors around the following question: in the context of a strengthening of local authorities, what responsibility does local actors have for the “Industrial Transition” in Centre-Val de Loire, Grand-Est and Hauts-de-France?

Report to be published soon

Picture: The group in working session at the Mab'Lab

What is a group project?

Called also capstone or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June. 

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Final presentation ""Collaborative approaches in urban projects"

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THE PERIOD OF RENDERING OF GROUP PROJECTS BEGAN. DISCOVER THE WORK OF OUR STUDENTS.

The Project "Collaborative approaches in urban projects"

Commissioning organisationNexity Villes & projets

Students: Giorgio De Ambrogio, Cécile Kessler, Jean-Baptiste Semblat et Ophélie Tainguy from the master of Regional and Urban Strategy

Work realised :

This project explores the concept of “collaborative city” with a particular focus on the concept of co-planning. This concept invites us to rethink the city’s factory in collaboration with all the stakeholders of urban projects and especially with the users.

Through a comparative study of several projects in France and Europe, the group shows that a genuine “collaborative approach” pushing the boundaries of the framework of concertation can be a guarantee of the success of the urban project. The aim is to clarify the theoretical and operational issues involved in the collective design of the urban project, identifying its forms, actors and tools.

A “toolkit” addressing different issues (mobilization, ownership, usage control) and a strategy applied to two ongoing projects are presented to give the private developer, ways to conduct a successful collaborative approach.

What is a group project?

Called also capstone or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.

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Final presentation "Toile Campus Le Havre Normandie. Actors, links and places of a territory in reinvention."

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The Project "Toile Campus Le Havre Normandie. Actors, links and places of a territory in reinvention."  

Commissioning organisation: Le Havre Seine Métropole

Students: Rosalie Bélicard, Colas Castaing-Garros, Thomas Clopin and Guillaume Surmont from the master of Regional and Urban Strategy

Work realised :

The study is part of the territory’s attractiveness policy, including the creation of the “Le Havre Normandie Campus” whose totem building, the Digital City, will open in early 2020.

Aiming to highlight existing or remaining links between higher education training, research and the economic world, the study focuses on the analysis of the methods of communication and cooperation of the various actors as well as on the formulation of recommendations for actions to the Havre Seine Métropole.

The project followed two phases: a quantitative one with the creation of an up-to-date database of higher education courses, and a qualitative one with semi-directional interviews withkey to the territory and the conduct of a benchmark in Antwerp and Dunkirk.

What is a group project?

Called also capstone or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.


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Publication of the study trip report to Montpellier and Sète!

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THE FIRST YEARS OF THE MASTER OF REGIONAL AND URBAN STRATEGY WENT IN OCTOBER 2018 TO THE CITIES OF MONTPELLIER AND SÈTE.

The aim of a study trip is to allow students to learn to observe places, to listen to interlocutors, to ask questions that promote exchange, to cross-reference the answers, to analyze data in a comparative and critical manner and to understand a territory.

The entry point of this trip was based on a reflection that is dear to the students: to question, in Montpellier and Sète, this coexistence/complementarity/tension between metropolis and middle city.

Montpellier is one of the few French cities whose development has not been based on industry and whose assets make it one of the most attractive and dynamic cities in demographic terms, based on a service economy and academic development. Apparently rich, it is nevertheless marked by significant socio-economic inequalities. Sète, with lower average incomes, bases its strategy on its maritime, cultural and tourist assets. Can we talk about competition between these cities? Do they still live independently today? or do they build complementarities?

Discover the students' analysis in their study trip report (FR)

View or review the study trip video

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Final presentation "The rise of territories in the electricity market"

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The project "The rise of territories in the electricity market"

Commissioning organisation: EDF R&D et the Centre for european studies and comparative politics of Sciences Po

Students: Chloé Chevalley, Romane Demory, Pierre-Luc Lopistéguy and Jérémie Raballand from the master Regional and Urban Strategy

Work realised

Based on an analysis of the ongoing reconfigurations within the French electricity market, the study raises the following questions: Are the communities directly engaged in renewable energy production projects, with what tools, for what purposes? What are their ambitions, their motivations? Could some of them eventually form influential public groups, strongly present in their territories and constituting the driving force of a “territorialized” translation of the energy transition?

The study was based on extensive literature review, interviews in Paris and in the regions, and two in-depth case studies on the territory of the urban community of Dunkirk, and the union Energies Vienne. 

Read a summary of the study (PDF, 723 Ko- FR)

What is a group project?

Called also capstone or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.  

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Final presentation "The citizen participation"

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The project: "Citizen participation at the scale of large cities, large intercommunalities and metropolises"

Commissioning organisation : France Urbaine

Students : Margaux Barlet, Paul Foyart, Claire Gohet and Arthur Popelin from the Master Regional and Urban Strategy

Work realised

The students carried out a study on citizen participation in intercommunalities and metropolises. This report, realised within the framework of group projects, is the result of the analysis and data collection work carried out by the students throughout the course of the study. It has a dual strategic and operational purpose.

An analytical reflection aimed at elected representatives presents a plea for citizen participation enriched by observations made on the ground. It is structured by six general guidelines formulating strategic recommendations likely to strengthen participatory democracy in large cities, conurbations and metropolises and responding to the common challenges faced by the members of urban France. It concludes with a series of direct recommendations.

The final rendering also serves as a receptacle for the standardised sheets that form the basis of the order. The territory sheets aim to provide a contextualization of the participatory question, while the approach sheets make it possible to learn about the functioning of participatory schemes, their success factors and difficulties. These sheets are intended to be completed in the future in order to provide the most complete operational database possible. As such, a methodological guide is attached to the Annexes in order to propose a reproducibility protocol.

The report stresses the need to clarify the rules of non-regulatory participation, to think about the functioning of the services dedicated to it as having to be transversal, to back up the institutional approaches to existing initiatives in the territory and finally to develop inter-territorial cooperation in the area of citizen participation, particularly within the inter-municipal community.

Read the report (PDF, 704 Ko - FR)

What is a group project?

Called also capstone or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June. 

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Final presentation "Conception of a study trip to the United Kingdom"

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The project: Conception of a 5-day study trip to the United Kingdom on the theme "After Brexit: The United Kingdom facing its territorial fractures"

Commissioning organisation: Institut des Hautes Etudes d’Aménagement des Territoires (IHEDATE)

Students: Louis Lhomme, Javier Morales Lopez, Basile Richefort and Gautier Stevens from the master Regional and Urban Strategy

Work realised

« This project focused on one main mission: the organisation of the study mission in the United Kingdom, part of an annual cycle of conferences and workshops focusing on the theme of “money geographies”. The five-day trip took place from 8 to 12 April in London, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent, with the theme “After Brexit, sewing the territory back together”. A complex approach given the current British political situation.

However, our approach was not so much focused on understanding the exit process from the European Union, but rather in the analysis of the fractures it revealed. For this reason, the variety in the choice of study mission locations seemed central. The territorial fractures being the most visible and the most sensitive, given the geography of the vote leave, we had already made the choice, with the team of IHEDATE, to build the trip around three stages. First of all, London, the capital, inserted in the dynamic and growing globalization. Manchester, a former industrial town which has now been converted, is also dynamic. Finally, Stoke-on-Trent, the average town in Staffordshire, suffers from austerity and a difficult economic climate.

This first phase of development was based on extensive research in many fields: the political and economic history of the United Kingdom, the structure of public services, the evolution of the territorial map and the powers devolved, the effects of the Great Recession of 2008 and the austerity policies of the conservative governments since 2010.

Secondly, and on the basis of our research, we have developed a preliminary programme. This first structuring of the mission of the trip was accompanied by the contact of many stakeholders, and in January, a four-day pre-figuration trip that allowed us to strengthen the number of potential stakeholders, and to articulate the program more finely. Finally, from January to the end of March, we focused on strengthening the program and continually adding new stakeholders.

During the fact-finding mission, we managed the organizational logistics in coordination with the IHEDATE team. It’s been a very rewarding and formative week. We’ve learned a lot in a number of ways. From the point of view of the issues and major territorial issues in the United Kingdom in the first place through the comments of all the speakers. But also from a professional point of view, the fact-finding mission has enabled us to have an important role in the realization of all the activities, in the management of groups of people and speakers.

Finally, we made a presentation in Lyon on Friday, June 7. The goal was to revisit the trip with the listeners and engage in a collective reflection on the learnings we have all learned from it.

Read the final report. 

What is a group project?

Called also capstone or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.

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Final presentation "The inclusion of LGBTQI+ people in the city"

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The project "The inclusion of LGBTQI+ people in the city"

Commissioning organisationl’Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF)

Students: Maël Alonzo, Chloé Deparis, Samuel Ferrer, Anselme Goutte-Broze and Anouk Jeanneau from the master in Governing the Large Metropolis

Work carried out:

The study aims to highlight good local governance practices that promote the integration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and other (LGBTQI+) people in the city. The aim is to promote an inclusive vision of the city and to identify practices that promote living together in order to formulate recommendations for the mayors of the network.

With a view to identifying these good practices as finely as possible, the report attempted, as a first step, to better understand the issues and issues that LGBTQI+ people face in the city and in society as a whole. The study also looks at the underlying dynamics that influence the inclusion of LGBTQI+ people. Thus, although this report cannot reflect the full diversity of local contexts, numerous interviews with elected representatives and local associations have made it possible to synthesize the issues common to the cities of the AIMF network.

The second step is to identify more clearly examples of good practice in inclusive policies. To this end, four case studies were carried out: Beirut, Phnom Penh, Mexico City and Ouagadougou. Finally, on the basis of these case studies, supplemented by other ad hoc initiatives in cities around the world, the report makes concrete recommendations for mayors, to support their desire to build an inclusive city that respects diversity and fosters living together.

Read the report (FR)

What is a capstone project?

Called also group project or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.

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Final presentation "Digital data for urban renewal"

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THE PERIOD OF RENDERING OF GROUP PROJECTS BEGAN. DISCOVER THE WORK OF OUR STUDENTS.

The Project "Digital data for urban renewal"

Commissioning organisation : Établissement Public Territorial du Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre

Students : Julie Ballarin, Zoé Fournand, Matthieu Le Gall and Simon Mougin from the master Urban and Regional Strategy

Work realised:

This group project has focused on understanding how digital data can address the challenges of urban renewal operations.

The first phase of the project, consisting of a comparative study, highlighted a plural smart city with key data governance issues. The second phase of the project focused on the development of courses of action leading to experiments in the urban renewal districts of the Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre territory. Three themes were chosen: optimization of social housing through data cross-linking; capacity-building mediation through the production of data by the inhabitants; and recommendations for implementation of a community urban management reporting application. The three tracks would revolve around the co-production of a data governance charter. 

Read the final report (PDF, 6 Mo - FR)

What is a group project?

Called also capstone or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.). 

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.

 

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Group projects : the final presentations started!

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THE PERIOD OF RENDERING OF GROUP PROJECTS HAS JUST BEGUN. DISCOVER THE WORK OF OUR STUDENTS.

What is a group project?

Called also capstone or workgroup, this highlight of Master's degrees puts the students in professional situation. These have to answer to an order of a private or public structure on an urban or territorial problem (housing environment, planning, economic development, transport, mobility, etc.).

During 5 to 9 months (according to the course), every team from 4 to 5 students works under the supervision of a tutor, a specialist of the handled question. The project ends in an oral presentation of the students to the commissioning organisation. This period of renditions takes place of the end of May to the middle of June.

The Project "Social integration: establishment and development of a third place for the public"

Commissioning organisation: Le Jardin du Piqueur of Saint-Cloud, insertion site of the association Espaces, member of Emmaüs France, associating environmental awareness, agricultural production and association coffee.

Students: Fanny Chevalier, Marcel Farge and Héloïse Legangneux from the dual degrees Urban Policy and Comparative Urban Governance

Work carried out:

"We have carried out three missions, all of which are designed to help the Jardin du Piqueur to develop.

The first two missions, the realization of a benchmark of similar structures and the production of a public questionnaire, enabled us to conduct a field study necessary for the successful completion of the last mission. We gained a better understanding of the Garden’s competitive environment, its strengths and watchpoints, as well as the needs and expectations of its target audiences. We started with these results to achieve the third mission of our collective project: the creation of an action plan for the Garden. What would we do if we were in charge of its development? 

This last work made it possible to provide recommendations on three major aspects: the identity of the place, its communication and its readability on the spot. We have therefore defined the Garden’s identity around its vocation as an integration site and by building three pillars of immediate identification (environment, culture and solidarity). We then thought of an adapted website, clear and dynamic support of this identity. For the third part of the recommendation on on-site readability, we created a site map, made specifications for a graphic design, proposed signage ideas, and finally recommended setting up guided tours. Finally, we made a few more targeted recommendations: highlighting the history of the place, developing local and broader partnerships, and developing new workshops."

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The urban planning programme in workshop in Berlin

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THE STUDENTS OF THE URBAN PLANNING PROGRAMME WILL TRAVEL TO BERLIN FROM 20 TO 25 MAY 2019. THE TRIP WILL FOCUS ON ISSUES OF CENTRALITY AND POLY-CENTRALITY.

The students will respond to an order from the Berlin municipality. The city hall questioned the establishment of cooperative urban development processes and the development of the historic centre. The district of the center is integrated into competing spatial strategies: the modernism of the DDR, the nostalgic reconstruction of the castle, the neoliberal approach of the project of redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz.

The complexity of the district is also linked to the presence of a heavily restructured dense historical fabric, close to the Island of Museums and the presence of the river axis of the Spree which is invested again by major real estate transactions.

The city hall then proposes to accompany the reflection on the revision of the city plan, and in particular the uses and regulation of the typologies of the Molkenmarkt district. It will also be necessary to reflect on the strategy of revitalization of the central plaza of Alexander Platz between the Tower of Television and the river and to rework the connections with the nearby neighborhoods.

Follow their trip day after day on our Twitter account

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New Working paper for the Cities and digital technology chair

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THE FIRST Working paper OF THE YEAR OF THE CITIES AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CHAIR IS NOW ONLINE.

Alvaro Artigas, associate researcher at Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies and Comparative Policy and member of the Strategic Committee of the Cities and digital technology chair, discusses the growth of Chinese ICT companies (Information and communication technologies) and its consequences.

Beneath the surface of the Safe City: surveillance in the times of Chinese supremacy? (PDF-954Ko) 

Abstract : The global deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) firms has been facilitated in recent years by a vast array of new technologies, ranging from communication networks, lighter and faster infrastructure as well as a new sense of available capabilities by realtime communication systems. Drawing on the possibilities allowed by new technological advancements, such as real-time communication feeds, data collection and aggregation, these companies have irrupted and increasingly disrupted the global scene and engaged in previously neglected areas of activity. As a result of this tropism, the provision of security in major world cities has been transformed and traditional CCTV circuits are being displaced and new safe city systems, that bear the promise of omniscience in urban territories through enhanced analytics and continuous innovation. Chinese companies, such as ZTE and Huawei have spearheaded this transformation, as a result of unprecedented financial and organizational means, that combine State support, long-time sectoral trajectories and the capacity to test at the global level all-inclusive platforms that seek to promote both security and safety in cities. Far from being gradual, this change spans today across continents and regions, and aggregates previously disconnected datasets that pertain to human security, often beyond socially accepted boundaries. This report seeks to explain the dynamics as well as the limits of this transformation, resorting to these corporations’ strategies as to explain how surveillance regulatory frameworks could rapidly evolve in a not so distant future.

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"Data, platforms and cities" conference

Organised by the Cities and digital technology chair
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THE CITIES AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CHAIR ORGANISE THE COLLOQUIUM "Data, Platforms and Cities" ON THURSDAY, 4 aPril 2019, FROM 5PM TO 8PM.

The conference will welcome Alex Rosenblat, author of Uberland: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Rules of Work and Bianca Wyliefounder of the Open Data Institute Toronto. Their presentations will be discussed by Valérie Peugeot, digital studies researcher at Lab Orange.

Language : English

The conference is opened to external people.

Subject : "How do data and algorithms transform relationships between actors within cities? How do digital companies aim to manage our daily lives as city dwellers and workers? How does it feel to be managed by an algorithm? What is Google's vision of urban planning? What alternatives can be considered? This conference aims to question the dynamics of power in cities linked to the accumulation of data by digital platforms. First, Alex Rosenblat will present her four-years ethnographic research on Uber drivers’ working conditions. Then, Bianca Wylie will expose the controversial project of Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of the Alphabet group (Google), which plans to create Toronto's neighbourhood of the future."

Mandatory registration before the 1st April.

Find out more

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The best of our students' itinerary notes

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As part of the “Introduction to Urban History” transversal course, which is attended by all our first-year students, students must write a itinerary note. But what is it?

This course, at the intersection between intellectual and practical knowledge of metropolitan issues, provides students common core of historical and historiographical knowledge. It is a general introduction to urban history, focusing on large dynamics structuring urban evolution. The comparative approach will sustain students in improving their knowledge on urban history as well and on the history of the city and urban planning. Lectures and urban site discoveries and visits will face key issues and dynamics that shape the evolution of cities. Innovative for its learning tools, this course articulates lectures, site visits and a methodological workshop.

This innovation also takes place through evaluation procedures. In fact, students must write a narrative essay about a place of their choice and must also carry out an itinerary note. The aim of the latter is to report on a journey, a peregrination in time and its manifestations in the city. In other words, students must create their own itinerary, which will be located in a neighborhood, along a river or a road in the Ile-de-France region, to observe the city and its different historical strata and to write their experiment.

The result is excellent papers to discover below:

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Two original reports for two amazing study trips

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Students of the Master of Regional and Urban Strategy went to Budapest in 2016 and Bucharest in autumn 2017 as part of their second year study trip. Each of the two group of students made a specific studytrip report…

Usually in paper file format, 2016 and 2017 students showed originality in their trip reports. Those who went to Bucharest made a report in the form of a newspaper. For Budapest, this is a blog that was created for the occasion. Two communication supports for two cities that were chosen as destinations for the same purpose: explore the transformations that have taken place in the capitals of Central and Eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Find out the results of these explorations through the student reports:

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