We still continue to talk about density and urban sprawl. In addition the virus COVID19 is a good opportunity to not only criticize the dense city, but to promote the individual house in the countryside outside of the city. However, this pandemic also underscores the need to be together, to talk, to see. In fact the city is everywhere, in a society of mobility, the boundaries are blurred. What is important is to be able to choose the space where you want to live according to his desires and his constraints. We can love the dense city centres of the cities, the peri - central, the periphery, to live in an apartment , in a house , have a garden, wanting to move by car , by built-in control unit or by bike, or all three at once according to the possibilities. We need to stop pointing the finger at the city as if the campaign was better.

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What city tomorrow ? City or Country ?

Column by Jean-Yves Chapuis, sociologist, urban planner, elected in Rennes city (France) from 1983 to 2014, former vice-president at the Rennes Metropolis and director of the school of architecture in Rennes. He is now an advisor in urban strategy.

We still continue to talk about density and urban sprawl. In addition the virus COVID19 is a good opportunity to not only criticize the dense city, but to promote the individual house in the countryside outside of the city.

However, this pandemic also underscores the need to be together, to talk, to see. In fact the city is everywhere, in a society of mobility, the boundaries are blurred. What is important is to be able to choose the space where you want to live according to his desires and his constraints. We can love the dense city centres of the cities, the peri - central, the periphery, to live in an apartment , in a house , have a garden, wanting to move by car , by built-in control unit or by bike, or all three at once according to the possibilities. We need to stop pointing the finger at the city as if the campaign was better.

The city was the conquest of freedom and anonymity. The city is multi-faceted. It is at once one and multiple. It is this that must be preserved. Then there is no dichotomy between the urban and the countryside. Everything belongs to the city that we call to Rennes, the city's archipelago, which includes the entire urban and rural space and allows you to preserve on the city 78% of the territory for agriculture and nature. The transition to a settled society to a society of mobility makes the boundaries blurred. So the notion of density takes on a new dimension in respect of this campaign. If we add also the changing modes of life and aging. Urban density allows you to have close to home public and private services that allow them to live as long as possible, free and independent. It is in the diversity of product habitats (the number of 14 in the PLH of the metropolis of rennes) is the solution with a real land policy to allow each and everyone to choose their space, without opposing the territories between them.

The question that the pandemic poses is rather what philosopher Harmunt Rosa goes further when he asks the question of the control of the world by man. " But while all the experiences and the potential wealth of existence lie within our reach, they elude sudden to us. The world closes mysteriously ; it becomes unreadable and dumb. The ecological disaster shows that the conquest of our environment in shaping a hostile environment. The emergence of crises erratic reveals the futility of a desire for control, resulting in a general chaos. And, to the extent that the promises of development are transformed in the injunctions of success, and our desires in cycles, endless frustrations, the masters of our own lives escapes us "

Keep control of our own lives, this is the fundamental question that is asked, it seems to me.

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