Date and location

  •   February 22, 2013 - February 22, 2013
  •   Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris, Université Paris Est Créteil

Conference details

Planning and governance are closely linked in the metropolitan Paris region, in the transformation processes underway and for the instruments aiming to shaping policies and projects. Increased mobilities for work, education, leisure, social services make the metropolitan scale an everyday life scale. These multiple and fragmented practices lead to a disjunction between “lived space “and residence. In this situation, the “democracy of sleep” (you vote in the municipality you live) no longer match the needs of the population in terms of service provision.

The first challenge facing the metropolitan region is the coordination between institutions, in a context where new institutions are created. The Paris region includes 10 to 12 million people, (depending if you take the agglomeration or the urban area), among which suburban population represents around 50%. It is split into 8 districts (departments), 1281 municipalities, more than 100 associations of municipalities and numerous technical syndicates of communes which coordinate technical network operators. The stability of institutional perimeters (mainly of municipalities) is confronting the emergence of new institutions (Paris Metropole) and the involvement of operational stakeholders The multi-layered policies and visions for the metropolitan development sometimes complement themselves but are often competing and overlapping (Great Paris law). The issue of citizenship at the metropolitan scale is also at stake.

The second challenge is to tackle the unbalanced development within the Paris region. Whereas territories are interdependent, there is a tension between the regional and local scales; especially in the field of urban renewal, housing policies, and land management.
These tensions are also operating for strategic planning. The collision and interdependence of scales modified the hierarchical relation between the different institutional levels. Uncertainties about budgets, economic and demographic dynamics also question the articulation between scales, project and strategies. These tensions are visible in the new metropolitan plan for the Paris region (SDRIF) and in the new transport programme (Grand Paris express).

In this seminar we would like to focus on the following themes:

  • Institutional issue and governance at regional scale
  • Policies at metropolitan scales: planning, transport, housing, urban renewal, neighbourhood policies

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