Free time & urban dynamics
Le temps libre est aujourd’hui, dans les pays occidentaux, le principal temps de vie, en constante augmentation. Comment le définir ? Quelles sont les nouvelles pratiques ? Quels lieux y consacrer ? En quoi constitue-t-il un levier de développement territorial ?
Bouygues Construction a souhaité mener une réflexion collaborative sur ce thème, avec l’objectif de mettre en résonance la question du temps libre avec le territoire de la ville.
Pour cela, la parole a été donnée à une dizaine d’experts qui observent et analysent les pratiques, qui se frottent à ces réalités au...
Leisure time is nowadays, in Western countries, the main time of life, and it is constantly increasing. How to define it? What are the new practices? What places to devote to it? In what way does it constitute a lever for regional development?
Bouygues Construction wished to conduct a collaborative discussion on this theme, with the aim of bringing the issue of free time into line with the city's region.
To do this, the floor was given to a dozen experts who observe and analyse practices, who deal with these realities on a daily basis and feel their nuances: sociologists, town planners, architects, doctors, cultural or leisure operators, media representatives.
To guide this work, the group was placed under the patronage of Jean Viard, CNRS Research Director at the CEVIPOF, the political research centre of Sciences Po.
Smart Maps: the professional digital cartographic media to describe a region
De nombreux interlocuteurs(collectivités et communes, agents immobiliers et promoteurs, employeurs…) doivent « vendre » leur territoire et leurs projets pour différentes raisons.
Les Smart Maps par E-attract sont la solution cartographique française qui répond à ce besoin de manière ciblée et personnalisée – en croisant données, fonctionnalités et interfaces géographiques de manière novatrice.
Pour le consommateur, l’utilisateur final, c’est une solutions simple, facile, ludique qui permet de se faire une idée précise d’un emplacement et de ses aménités (transports, commerces,...
Lots of people (local authorities and municipalities, estate agents and developers, employers etc) need to "sell" their region and their projects for different reasons.
Smart Maps by E-attract are the French cartographic solution that meets this need in a targeted, personalised way - by combining data, functionalities and geographical interfaces in an innovative way.
For the consumer, the end user, it is a simple, easy, fun solution that gives a precise idea of a location and its amenities (transport, shops, etc), while at the same time giving a precise idea of the property market:
-Is this the right place to live?
-Where to invest?
-Or how the transport system or main activities and nearby circuits are developing.
For the estate agent, for example, it is a tool at each key stage of their client process - communicating - capturing - convincing. : l’assistant personnel digital pour les mobilités professionnelles et résidentielles est une conciergerie digitale pour la mobilité résidentielle et professionnelle.
• Grâce aux données territorialisées, cette plateforme permet d’accompagner le salarié tout au long de son processus de mobilité : choix du lieu de vie, offre immobilière disponible, aides à la mobilité et connexion aux services essentiels du territoire.
• Les recommandations sont personnalisées en fonction de l’utilisateur pour lui permettre de trouver un futur lieu de vie qui intègre au mieux les besoins et envies de son ménage, en classant et montrant les territoires de manière... is a digital concierge service for residential and professional mobility.
• Thanks to regionalised data, this platform helps support employees throughout their mobility process: choice of location, available real estate, mobility aids and connection to essential services in the area.
• The recommendations are personalised according to the user so they can find a future place to live that best integrates the needs and desires of their household, by classifying and showing regions in a contextualised way (points of interest, real estate projects, mobility and so on).
• has received awards at the Digital Innovation Contest (PIA, Ministry of Economy & BPI), at the GeoFab of Greater Geneva and at the Digital Transformation Trophies in the Commercialisation category.
Culture and heritage, accelerators of the industrial reconversion of the Nord - Pas de Calais mining basin
La cité des Électriciens est construite par la Compagnie des mines de Bruay au 19ème siècle pour loger les familles des mineurs. Il s’agit de la plus ancienne cité minière subsistant dans le Bassin minier du Pas-de-Calais. Elle témoigne de l’architecture des premiers corons.
En 2008, la cité est progressivement vidée de ses habitants et laissée à l’abandon depuis l’arrêt de l’activité minière à Bruay-La-Buissière. En 2012, elle bénéficie de l’inscription du Bassin Minier du Nord-Pas-de-Calais à l’UNESCO au titre de « paysage culturel évolutif ».
En 2013 démarrent des travaux de...
The Cité des Électriciens was built by the Bruay Mining Company in the 19th century to house the miners' families. It is the oldest surviving mining town in the Pas-de-Calais mining basin. It bears witness to the architecture of the first mining cottages.
In 2008, the town was gradually emptied of its inhabitants and left abandoned since the mining activity in Bruay-La-Buissière stopped. In 2012, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Mining Basin would be listed by UNESCO as an "evolving cultural landscape".
In 2013, work began on the rehabilitation and transformation of the town into an interpretation centre dedicated to discovering the landscape and mining town planning. All this is set in an environment of squares and gardens reflecting the importance of gardening in the lives of miners and respect for the values of solidarity.
Rehabilitated by the Philippe Prost Architecture Agency in association with the FORR landscaping agency, the Du&Ma museographers and Villar+Vera for the signage, the Cité des Électriciens is an example of the compatibility between built heritage and sustainable development. By preserving the existing buildings and assigning new uses to them, the project preserves and adapts the town to new ways of living and to environmental issues.
In addition, three bars remain the property of Maisons & Cités (social landlord), which has renovated them into ten social housing units, allowing the original use of the town to be maintained.
Grand Ouarzazate, an oasis town for the 21st century
Le Grand Ouarzazate, situé sur le versant sud du Haut-Atlas et à la porte du désert et de l’Afrique subsaharienne, est riche d’une culture millénaire et de sites exceptionnels. L’activité de ce territoire a été positionnée dans les dernières décennies sur son potentiel touristique et sur l’accueil de l’industrie cinématographique. Le complexe solaire «Noor Ouarzazate», ouvre un volet nouveau de son attractivité.
Les équipes internationales réunies par les Ateliers de Cergy ont été appelées en 2018 à effectuer un travail collectif sur un cap formulé pour le Grand Ouarzazate par le Gouverneur de la Province...
Grand Ouarzazate, located on the southern slope of the High Atlas at the gateway to the desert and sub-Saharan Africa, is rich in its thousand-year-old culture and exceptional sites. The activity of this region has been positioned in recent decades on its tourist potential and hosting the cinematographic industry. The "Noor Ouarzazate" solar complex opens up a new aspect of its attractiveness.
The international teams brought together by the Ateliers de Cergy were called upon in 2018 to work collectively on a course formulated for the Grand Ouarzazate by the Governor of the Province and the Presidents of the communes:
- To make it, based around agriculture and water, the foundations of the oasis, an attractive region of world level based on several aspects; cinema, the thermo-solar industry and tourism.
- To make it a model ecological town, a showcase for oasis locations.
The spatialised proposals resulting from this work focused on the following themes:
- To improve the quality of urban life by creating tree-lined public spaces, new housing models, adapted to the climate and current lifestyles, and to strengthen social life in participatory places in the different neighbourhoods.
- To rebalance the banks of the central wadi by reorganising mobility and reconsidering the programme for a vast "urban pole" to adapt it to current economic realities and to accommodate new facilities, particularly universities.
- To improve water efficiency by ensuring the sharing of water between domestic, agricultural and industrial needs and move towards food self-sufficiency by extending the green belt and reinvestment of the major bed of the Wadi.
- To restore the earth's dignity as a building material: as the basic material of vernacular architecture, it is - despite its insulating properties - being abandoned in favour of cinder block. Proposals have been made to restore the esteem for this ecological material and reactivate the industry and know-how through contemporary architecture, in line with current lifestyles.
The "Reinventing the Seine" approach: a call for innovative projects to support regional development
En mars 2016, Paris, Rouen, Le Havre et Haropa - Ports de Paris Seine Normandie ont lancé l'appel à projets « Réinventer la Seine ».

Dans un élan comparable à l'appel à projets « Réinventer Paris », la démarche a constitué une nouvelle étape dans le développement de la Vallée de la Seine.

Les porteurs du projet, Ville de Paris, agglomérations de Rouen et du Havre, HAROPA Port de Paris Seine Normandie, se sont appuyés sur les trois agences d'urbanisme de l'Axe Seine (APUR, AURBSE et AURH) pour coordonner le dispositif de l'appel à projets à l'échelle des territoires parisiens,...
In March 2016, Paris, Rouen, Le Havre and Haropa - Ports de Paris Seine Normandie launched the call for projects "Reinventing the Seine".

In a similar vein to the "Reinventing Paris" call for projects, the initiative was a new step in the development of the Seine Valley.

The project sponsors, the City of Paris, the Rouen and Le Havre conurbations and HAROPA Port de Paris Seine Normandie relied on the three urban planning agencies of the Seine Axis (APUR, AURBSE and AURH) to coordinate the call for projects on the scale of the Paris, Rouen and Le Havre regions.

Nearly forty sites have been made available to innovators from all over the world (architects, town planners, economic players, start-ups, artists, designers, landscapers, etc) to encourage innovative projects and uses and thus strengthen the attractiveness and influence of the regions concerned.

The aim of this approach was to invent new ways of living on and by the water, on the Paris - Rouen - Le Havre axis. The process culminated in July 2017 with the designation of 20 winners, all meeting the requirements defined by the partners.

This approach to the development of the banks of the Seine and its canals has appealed to the boldness and creativity of professionals from all over the world and has been an accelerator of change.

In the years to come, the projects will be deployed along the Seine axis and will make visible another way of living along the river.
Gran Santo Domingo sustainable urban mobility plan
Mobilise Your City (MYC) est une initiative globale pour le climat qui promeut la planification intégrée de la mobilité urbaine ; elle vise à maximiser le potentiel de réduction des émissions des gaz à effet de serre (-50 % d’ici 2050), en particulier dans les villes des pays du Sud qui accueilleront la majeure partie de la croissance urbaine à venir.
Dans le cadre de cette initiative, le Grand Saint Domingue fait partie des 100 agglomérations qui se sont engagées à définir et mettre en œuvre un Plan de Mobilité Urbaine ambitieux. Cette initiative bénéficie de l’appui technique et financier de l’AFD  (...
Mobilise Your City (MYC) is a global climate initiative that promotes integrated urban mobility planning. It aims to maximise the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (by 50% by 2050), particularly in cities in southern countries that will see most of the future urban growth.
As part of this initiative, Gran Santo Domingo is one of 100 cities that have committed to define and implement an ambitious Urban Mobility Plan. This initiative has the technical and financial support of AFD (French Development Agency) and the MYC programme.
The mission of the SYSTRA group was to support the national authority in charge of planning and improving mobility conditions in the region for 16 months.
This assistance consisted of:
- Providing technical support for the definition of an ambitious action plan,
- Developing digital planning tools,
- Building the capacity of local stakeholders,
- Setting up a participatory process that allows, during the study period, the setting up of real cooperation at the Gran Santo Domingo scale (INTRANT, municipalities, ministries, operators etc).
Actes de Mobilités et (r)évolutions numériques
L’observation des usages et des pratiques est rendue possible par la collecte de données de façon massive. Les apports et potentiels des technologies numériques et leurs capacités à changer les lignes de la mobilité interrogent les chercheurs en sciences humaines et sociales. La revue Netcom y consacre un numéro spécial. Celui-ci illustre une partie des communications présentées lors du 15 e colloque du groupe Mobilités Spatiales, Fluidité Sociale (MSFS) de l’Association Internationale des Sociologues en Langue Française (AISLF). Intitulé « Mobilités et (r)évolutions...
Observation of use and practice is made possible by big data collection. The contribution and potential of digital technologies and their ability to change the lines of mobility are questioning researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Netcom magazine is devoting a special issue to it.
It contains some of the papers presented at the 15th symposium of the Spatial Mobility, Social Fluidity (SMSF) group of the International Association of Sociologists in the French Language (IASFL). Entitled "Mobility and digital (r)evolutions", the symposium took place on 8 and 9 November 2016 in Marne-la-Vallée and was held under the aegis of Labex Futurs Urbains, the Ile-de-France Region and Ifsttar. While the term "mobility" was understood in a broad sense as referring to the renewal of recent conceptual and empirical approaches to mobility in the social sciences, the collected articles are more specifically concerned with travel, both from the point of view of individual practices and the transport systems on which they are taken.

A total of 9 articles are presented in this issue and explore three lines of thought. They aim to question the innovative (or not) potential and inputs of digital technologies. The first focuses on the potential and limitations of new digital data for mobility analysis. The second and third axes consider how travel practices are transformed by digital technology. However, while the second axis targets new mobility offerings, the third is more focused on a set of practices.
Philanthropy and international relations in support of heritage preservation
Réouverte en octobre 2017 après quatre années de travaux, la Chapelle des Jésuites, classée monument historique, est devenue un lieu de diffusion culturelle majeur de l'Agglomération du Pays de Saint-Omer. La chapelle s’impose également dans le paysage audomarois par sa large façade rouge et blanche et par ses deux tours hautes de 40 mètres. Elle témoigne du style baroque qui fut employé abondamment par les Jésuites au tournant du XVIIe siècle.
Sa restauration a notamment été permise grâce une démarche de mécénat innovante. En effet, en 2015, sur la base de liens historiques entre les Etats-Unis d'Amérique...
Reopened in October 2017 after four years of work, the Jesuit Chapel, classified as a historical monument, has become a major cultural venue for the Pays de Saint-Omer Agglomeration. The chapel is also a must-see in the Saint Omer landscape with its large red and white façade and two 40-metre-high towers. It bears witness to the Baroque style that was widely used by the Jesuits at the turn of the 17th century.
Its restoration has been made possible thanks in particular to an innovative sponsorship approach. Indeed, in 2015, on the basis of historical ties between the United States of America and the Saint Omer region*, the President of the Community of the Pays de Saint-Omer Agglomeration, François Decoster, wanted to engage in an ambitious trans-Atlantic educational and cultural partnership. The various projects attracted the interest of numerous stakeholders and institutions, and the French Heritage Society, an American non-profit organisation that helps preserve French heritage, decided to award a grant of $250 000 to carry out work inside the chapel which has not been used for worship for many years. The restoration of the stone walls and marble floor has been carried out and, since its reopening, the chapel has already hosted numerous concerts, conferences and exhibitions.
* Three of the Founding Fathers of the United States were educated at the English Jesuit College of Saint-Omer.
Recommendations for a creative city and a smart planning
Ce document présente les grandes recommandations élaborées par les membres du Partenariat Français pour la Ville et les Territoires (PFVT), plateforme d’échanges et de valorisation de l’expertise des acteurs français de l’urbain à l’international. Ces documents sont préparés à l’occasion du Forum Urbain Mondial d’Abu Dhabi de février 2020 et du Sommet Afrique-France de juin 2020.
Centré sur l’intégration de la dimension créative dans la ville, le groupe de travail « Ville créative et planification intelligente » considère la ville créative comme une ville inspirante et une ville d’opportunités,...
This document outlines key recommendations formulated by the members of the French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development (PFVT), the platform for exchange and promotion of French expertise in urban development at the international level. These documents were prepared in the context of the World Urban Forum taking place in Abu Dhabi on February 2020 and the Africa-France Summit on June 2020.
Focusing on the integration of the creative dimension in the city, the "Creative City and Smart Planning" working group considers the creative city as an inspiring city and a city of opportunities, shaped by its inhabitants and evolving over time.
The creative city must therefore be seen as the vector of a shared capital around which all the actors of a territory come together, participating in the creation of a common vision of the city, the urban project, and planning.
Planning the city in order to make it creative, smart and sustainable - therefore implies ensuring a balance between the projected planning model ; territorial characteristics and local governance ; designing public spaces and uses as places of creativity and inclusion -  or to enhance culture and heritage in order to turn them into opportunities for economic development, while avoiding tourism at risk for sites and the exclusion of local populations.