44th INTA Congress

Faced with the challenges of health and climate, INTA44 questions the necessary transformations, if not the ruptures, that we are witnessing rather than acting upon. This involves not only environmental health, but also the relationship between housing and work, transport and new forms of mobility, construction and new ways of living, all of which are considered to be necessary factors for the vitality and well-being of a city.

4 main issues to be discussed

The work of the 44th INTA congress aims to approach health in cities from a global point of view, establishing a link between the various issues that are emerging or being reinforced as a result of the pandemic. The interventions of the speakers will answer these 4 questions :

#1 Health is now one of the main levers of responsible urban development: what approaches and tools should be used to implement it?

#2 Climate crisis, urban exodus during the pandemic, inequalities: can we still live in cities after COVID19?


#3 How can relations between territories be reorganised around the relationships of solidarity and complementarity created by citizens' initiatives during the pandemic?

#4 In an extended mobility basin, which has to serve increasingly distant suburbs and peripheries, how can the different modes of transport be articulated?

There is no alternative

The current epidemic, because of its scope and duration, has developed unforeseeable effects:
Economic, social, cultural and, of course, health-related; it has put our certainties to the test and revealed the exhaustion of our territorial development model. This crisis has underlined, if it were still necessary, the link between health, well-being, territorial and environmental issues; it has also underlined the fact that Man is "a social and urbanised animal"; that we cannot escape the ruptures that mark our societies: demographic ruptures such as ageing population; economic ruptures with interdependencies, the new approach to work... democratic ruptures with the aspiration of each individual to retain control over his or her life...

Could we have done differently?

Fortunately, the pandemic has not destroyed our society: the walls have not fallen.
This raises questions: where does the post-Covid city lead us? Is our societal project already sealed by the consequences of the epidemic, or do we still have the choice and the capacity to influence alternative trajectories? Does the city of tomorrow, like the city of today, have answers to reduce uncertainty and dispel intranquillity in the face of the transformations and cracks in our societies?

Of what the past is the prologue?

Today, responsible development means for many a less dense and compact living space, a return to a quality of life, often dreamt of, obscured by the mass urbanisation of the last decades.
Reinventing urban development can provide a meaningful insight into the complex reality of the city and inspire action across fields of knowledge, scales and sectors. Tomorrow, all sectors and all urban functions will be subject to the effects of radical changes: changes in the use of consumers and inhabitants, changes in management tools and financial means, changes in territorial actors, changes in the nature of personal services, etc.

The city of tomorrow today needs answers that last.

In these times of uncertainty and change, it is extremely important to have islands of stability, excellence and continuity.
The 44th International Congress of INTA, by questioning all the actors on their more or less implicit vision of the city of tomorrow, brings you a reading grid to apprehend the complexity of the situations and envisage the solutions to be set up.

INTA at a Glance

Main Themes
Localizing SDGs
Healthy Cities and Wellbeing
Sustainable & solidary development
Citizenship, migrations
A network of multiple skills
serving the needs of the membership

Since 1987 up to now,
INTA has been involved in almost
100 urban projects in over 40 countries
Our Values
City is a common