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 creates". Let Jean-Louis Violeau speak in his book Les bords de vilaine. "An improbable couple, a couple of the times: the Lyon (and stéphanois) native Henri Chabert and the Rennes (and Lyon native) Jean-Yves Chapuis, the two elected urban planners from the two municipalities that were the most daring in the way they treated their public spaces, formed a curious duo in the early 1990s - for good measure, let's add the geographer Raymond Dugrand, Georges Frêche's urban planning assistant at the same time. These elected officials, who are regularly invited to conclude prestigious colloquia as they should, saw in the early 1990s their doctrines converge to found a common thought on the public space as a public space, a place for meetings, crossings and friction, and a support for the expression of a renewed citizenship. In a nutshell, all this refers to a definition of the city as a place where everyone would enjoy random possibilities of encounter".

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Lyon Montpellier Rennes

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.

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 creates".

Let Jean-Louis Violeau speak in his book Les bords de vilaine.

"An improbable couple, a couple of the times: the Lyon (and stéphanois) native Henri Chabert and the Rennes (and Lyon native) Jean-Yves Chapuis, the two elected urban planners from the two municipalities that were the most daring in the way they treated their public spaces, formed a curious duo in the early 1990s - for good measure, let's add the geographer Raymond Dugrand, Georges Frêche's urban planning assistant at the same time. These elected officials, who are regularly invited to conclude prestigious colloquia as they should, saw in the early 1990s their doctrines converge to found a common thought on the public space as a public space, a place for meetings, crossings and friction, and a support for the expression of a renewed citizenship. In a nutshell, all this refers to a definition of the city as a place where everyone would enjoy random possibilities of encounter".

We must be able to "keep the city going" and not forget that we are simply passing through.
As Marcel Hénaff says: "The city in its visible form, by the layout of its spaces, by the intelligence of its construction, can give us a pride in living together as old and unalterable as that which the oldest cities could give birth to, as lively as the expectation, which has remained intact, to make the place of our shared lives admirable and desirable.
The Urban Project workshops organized by the Ministry in Lyon and Rennes also provided an opportunity for a rich exchange on this way of doing things in the city.

It is also by Alexandre Chemetoff the link between Lyon and Rennes on the public space.

It was also an opportunity to pay tribute to Jean Verlhac (a relative) where I learned my job as an urban planning assistant by doing an internship at the Grenoble city hall as part of my studies at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning in Aix en Provence. Later, Grenoble's executives Jean-Louis Berthet, Frédéric Rossignol and Christian Le Petit joined Rennes and have been magnificently involved in setting up an urban contracting authority open to many skills beyond the technical. It is also in my work as an urban strategy consultant that I enjoy working in Lyon. The city where I was born is at the Hôtel Dieu, my father being a resident of the Lyon hospitals. In addition to Gérard Collomb who trusted me on the Part-Dieu project with a high quality project management team and an imaginative François De Coster project manager. I am also thinking of Maurice Charrier on the housing project. He showed that the city is not only the historic center but also all these neighborhoods built in the 50s and 70s, which are also the city and which should not be forgotten. The city is a whole. Mayor of Vaulx en Velin with its 27 nationalities, it is also the city as well as the Lyon of the Renaissance at the foot of Fourvière along the Saône.

Finally, I was able to carry out this work as deputy for urban planning thanks to the confidence of the mayor of Rennes, Edmond Hervé, who left me free in my delegation. This is underlined, because it is quite rare in metropolises. He worked directly with his elected colleagues and the city's general management. It was also a way to pay tribute to him.

Illustration :  Nate Kitch

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