What are possible urban responses for promoting inclusion by way of the temporary, the informal... ?
The 35th International Urban Planning Workshop in Cergy-Pontoise is focused on the inclusive city and its spatial and urban responses. How can exclusion be avoided by thinking about cities for all? What forms of cooperation and mutualisation should be created between the economy, housing, and services? How can existing processes, whether they be informal or temporary, be valorised in order to facilitate the inclusion of the most vulnerable populations? We will be considering the city of tomorrow by that which brings it together, in order for the inclusive city to become a driver of value and wealth creation.
The urban challenges of the 21st century, inscribed in the new urban agenda, reveal how it is finally undeniable that we must focus on sustainable urban development, project for the future by integrating its uncertainties, and take action by studying the impact of our actions on the environment.
For many years now, the Île-de-France has found itself confronted by several phenomena that question as much the idea of living together as the region’s ability to adapt to change, of which it has become necessary to rapidly address.
Les Ateliers de Cergy proposes to work on the spatial and urban responses by defining the concept of an inclusive city at different sites within the Île-de-France.
How can the city develop a form of harmony that promotes living together, sans exclusion? The inclusive city unites inhabitants through its public spaces, weaves new links between formal and informal habitats, reconciles multiple temporalities – from states of emergency to those long-lasting and permanent – linking neighbourhood blocks and connecting the centre to the suburbs. The cities of tomorrow should be reconsidered by using human and ecological dynamics as processes in which everyone may find his/her place; which is to say that these are cities who bring people together, not ones who divide them.
Key concepts : strengthening resilience, social inclusion, dialog between formal and informal, creation inclusion through urban mutability, think temporary uses in long term processes
Some questions for the atelier :
▸ How can the territories of the Île-de-France be made capable of welcoming changes and thus promoting opportunities?
▸ How can impermanence and the temporary participate in reestablishing a warm nature of reception in the cities?
▸ How can the informal and temporary serve as drivers in promoting an inclusive city?
2017 Workshop Format
During 3 weeks, 21 participants (all selected through an international call for candidates), will be divided into 3 working groups.
1/ The workshop begins with several days of immersion to discover the territory and working topics, including: tours of the territory accompanied by its stakeholders, organised thematic conferences, meetings with professionals, experts in the topics being examined during the workshop, and representatives from the local population.
2/ The workshop then continues with 2 weeks of team work, punctuated by moments of exchange. The ’exchange forums’ are open to the public and allow teams to exchange with local actors and workshop partners on the progress of each of their proposals at this mid-point.
3/ The workshop will conclude with presentations by the teams before an international and local jury on 21-22 September 2017.
The workshop will be held in Cergy-Pontoise from 3-23 September 2017. Conditions: Proficiency in English (must be able to work as part of an international team), full availability for the workshop dates, and an age limit of 30 years old. The workshop is open to young professionals of all nationalities and disciplines and to students at a minimum of a Masters level. Urban planners, designers, architects, geographers, engineers, photographers, landscape architects, artists, journalists... We especially insist on the opening of our workshop to candidates specialising in economics, sociology, and/or ecology...
Deadline to apply : May 21st, 2017 11:00pm (Paris time)
Contact made with local actors in the Île-de-France and discussions defining the workshop’s topic and concerns. Creation of a pilot team composed of two scientific pilots, a representative from the permanent staff of Les Ateliers, and an assistant pilot for preparing the project and programming the workshop.
Mobilisation of key stakeholders/partners. Creation of a monitoring committee.
Interviews with territorial actors and resource sources on the issues at the heart of the workshop. Compilation of data and materials, which will provide an introduction to the territory and the identified challenges.
Global diffusion of the call for candidates to recruit twenty-one participants from a variety of disciplines/nationalities to participate in the workshop in Cergy-Pontoise to be held in September 2017.
19 April 2017
Working Seminar aimed at clarifying and further examining the expectations for future participants.
Publication of the Context Document (or ’Keys to the Territory’). It will be circulated among future participants and partners of the workshop and association, presenting in detail the territory and the workshop’s target issues.
3-22 September 2017
International Urban Planning Workshop in Cergy-Pontoise
Patrice Berthé, Engineer-Urban Planner
Anne Durand, Architect-Urban Planner
Cécile Mattoug, Architect-Urban Planner
Project Director :
Véronique Valenzuela - Project Director