Within the framework of the Regional Forum of Urban Renewal Actors (FRARU), the French National Agency for Urban Renewal (ANRU) and the National Agency for Housing (ANAH) held a methodological workshop in 2015 on the renovation of old and deprived inner city areas. The synthesis of this workshop, “the urban programming approach for a project on old and deprived inner city areas”, analyses the specificities of the approaches and definitions for implementing an urban renewal project in an old inner city area, within the framework of the New National Urban Renewal Program (NPNRU).
Based on the analysis of the 39 French EcoQuartier labelled operations in 2013, 2014 and 2015, located in most of the major French regions, Cerema's publicaton "EcoQuartiers, what lessons can be learned?" aims to overcome preconceived ideas and develop collective representations. What is really new in these projects? What is the difference between a 1970s or 1980s development project and today’s so-called "sustainable" urban projects?
Boutours kindergarten’s 9 classes rooms were built by recycling and expanding a former market hall. The entire construction process has been designed to be ecological, participatory, civic and educational. The materials are bio-sourced (mud bricks) and the building emits very little carbon, throught both its materials used and its heating system.
The kindergarten’s pupils and citizens were enlisted during the construction phase of the building.
The city is a territory where infrastructures, equipment and urban services form an urban heritage at the disposal of its inhabitants. The Muse platform designed by Citelum, a subsidiary of the EDF Group, makes it possible to identify, locate and audit a city’s heritage for a better optimisation of its use. It is a collaborative platform that develops four axis:
Knowledge of city’s infrastructures: heritage inventory, creation of identification cards by equipment, geolocation and activity history.
The “circular economy – action plan for intermunicipalities” guide was released by AdCF, in partnership with Veolia and l’Association des Directeurs Généraux des Communautés de France (the Association of French Communities’ Managing Directors, ADGF). Dedicated to the circular economy, it aims to support local public decision-makers from the testing to the development of real territorial strategies and projects regarding circular economy. To this end, it suggests a methodology and levers for action.
Based on the experience of its members, the French Network for Sustainable City (IVD) has come up with 6 proposals to accelerate the deployment of sustainable cities in all contexts, notably by improving city governance and innovation support.
This action handbook “Datacities: producing and managing urban data services of public interest” explores the changes in territorial governance modes induced by urban data services. It collectively develops proposals and contributes to empowerment of public actors on the issue of data territorial governance, so that they can take up action on major issues.
Digital technology has taken over cities, but not at all in the way the “smart city” scenario tells us. It has indeed deeply transformed the lives of city dwellers and the functioning of certain urban services, but it has done so without any existing strategic input from actors working in urban planning, particularly from public authorities. Through case study analysis, this project seeks to identify the collaboration challenges between new digital actors and traditional actors, notably local authorities .
Produced by Cap Digital at the end of 2016, this prospective report highlights a whole series of questions, concerning the disinterest of the citizens for the public thing, their mistrust toward those who embody it, resulting in low voter turnout and polarization towards extremes.
The global context of increasing population and decreasing resources and raw materials requires us to reflect on the transition from a linear to a circular economy. With more and more inhabitants living in cities, the challenge of circularity is above all urban. Town and country planning must contribute to this by restricting silo-based approaches and acting in an integrated way, so that all the territory’s resources are mobilized for a single objective: to turn our territories and cities into sober and decisively circular spaces.