Created by Bouygues Immobilier in 2006, the Observatoire de la Ville is open to all those with an interest in urban issues, such as residents, politicians, architects, planners and students. A forum for information, ideas and discussion, it aims to crate the conditions for fuitful debate in order to imagine innovatine solutions for the city of the future.
A think-tank for the city of the future
The benchmark think-tank on all issues related to property in the urban environment, the Observatoire de la Ville focuses its work on:
- a main theme of current interest in public debate;
- expert hearings and debates with architects, planners, economists, politicians, associations, etc.;
- a study which looks at future sociocultural trends connected with the main theme;
- an exhibition at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, providing an illustrated and multimedia showcase for the work of all the contributors.
THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE
The four members of the Observatoire de la Ville's editorial committee are experts in urban issues with different and complementary areas of specialisation. The committee is responsible for coordinating and summarising the different sources of information, such as studies, hearings and calls for projects.
The members of the editorial committee, whose role is to guide the Observatoire's work on the chosen main theme, are:
- Christian Devillers, architect and planner,
- Bénédicte Grosjean, architect and planner,
- Alain Bourdin, sociologist and planner,
- Brigitte Fouilland, Executive Director of the School of Urban Studies at Sciences Po.
The popularity of the exhibition prompted the Observatoire de la Ville to organise a new exhibition in 2014 called “Proximité(s)”. The exhibition touched on the themes of local communities, which are evolving fast in the digital age, and new urban planning strategies. It featured around 30 urban projects designed to bring citizens together.
architect and planner, member of the observatoire de la ville editorial committee
The Observatoire de la Ville is always interested in innovative ideas for understanding the urban phenomenon as a whole in order to pursue territorial equity, encourage proximities between the workplace, shops and urban services and give people an opportunity for responsible engagement with their environment.
the themes of the previous editions
The theme chosen by the Observatoire de la Ville for 2015-16 is "Réver(cités), recyclable and resilient cities". Other major explorations of the future of the city have been carried out since 2007, resulting in publications:
- "Proximité(s), Villes en partage" (2014)
- "Immobilier durable : l’innovation en marche ! " (2009)
- "Développement durable : levier d'attractivité pour la Région Capitale ? " (2008)
- "Les quartiers durables : nouvel enjeu de la ville de demain ? " (2007)
- "Densités urbaines : quelles opportunités pour les villes de demain ? " (2007)