Resilient Metropolises

[Reaction to the French Ministry of Territories' colloquium "Resilient Metropolises" - January 2021] The MAPATM and OUR laws have given a special status to metropolises in their trajectories to impose themselves as territories of modernity, new…
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Lyon, Montpellier, Rennes

In closing these columns, I could not help but mention urban planning assistants who, like me, worked in the 1990s for the city "desirable development, rethinking the city to live better together, from the city that commands to the city that…
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The Brutality of Political Relations?

Eric Sadin has just published a very instructive book on the evolution of individualism, the passage to the era of the tyrant individual. It comes from afar. The liberal individualism from the eighteenth century, which was supposed to allow each and…
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Being elected in urban planning in 2020

The first difficulty is that if we look at the titles of the delegations in the cities, we see that urban planning concerns several delegations: PLU, resilient city, urban strategy and PLU operational planning, ecological transition and planning,…
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The Passage from an individualism of universality to an…

A singular individualism, a greater autonomy in the company leads to a growing existential anguish. Pierre Rosanvallon shows that the transition from a universalist individualism to an individualism of singularity will make political action…
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We have lost the joy that comes from the tragedy of life.

Reading in parallel the sociologist Eva Illouz and the philosopher Clément Rosset on how the industry of happiness has taken control of our lives and the joy that comes from being aware of the tragedy of existence, I thought to myself: how can we…
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The Idea of Inhabiting

The beautiful book by Richard SENNETT "building and living" paradoxically refers to what we experienced in this period of confinement. Street intelligence appeared to be paramount. What surrounds us in daily gestures, short distances and what…
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What city tomorrow? City or Country? - Jean-Yves Chapuis

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…
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Which Globalization ? - Jean-Yves Chapuis

The advantage of the virus is that it makes a mockery of our national strategies and crosses the borders of our countries with ease. It forces us to better define a global strategy at the global level. It is not a question of falling back on our…

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