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City/Cité Chicago x Paris


Clichy Batignolles

Oct 13-14, 2022 | Chicago

Designed in 2015 and first implemented in Chicago and San Francisco, CITY CITÉ is a transatlantic cooperation and exchange program on urban issues and city making, initiated by Villa Albertine. The 3rd Chicago edition entitled ” Re/Inventing City Planning to Address Contemporary Issues ” will be a two days of professional conference and visits on the renewal of the urban fabric and territorial planning in both cities.

These two days of meetings and visits with professionals and academics are devoted to the renewal of the urban making and city planning regarding the new environmental, social, and political challenges …. The aim is to organize professional dialogues between urban planning actors on both sides of the Atlantic, both in the field of research, public policies, and their concrete implementation (architects, project managers, civil society organizations, engineering firms, etc.) to share methods and practices and to lay the foundations for possible future international collaborations. The first day takes place at the Studio Gang and is organized with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute, the second day is dedicated to on-site visits to different neighborhoods in Chicago. 

The dialogue is based on the convergence of the municipal agendas of the cities of Paris and Chicago, which are currently revising their urban plans under the watchwords of resilience, diversity, inclusion, and climate change. This is also an opportunity to revisit Acts of Urbanism, an experimental research initiative supported by the Institut Français, at the intersection of design, urbanism, and the performing arts, which took place in June 2022 in Detroit during a week of public events, workshops, and exchanges between researchers and artists to envision new modalities for urban action. 

Thursday, October 13 – 8.30 am – 5 pm @ Studio Gang – Conferences

9.00 am Introduction

9.15 am – 10.45 am Session 1: Panorama and Perspectives from Paris and Chicago: New Scales and Approaches for Planning

Moderation: Teresa Córdova (UIC- Great Cities Institute)

We Will Chicago Plan

  • Erin Aleman (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning)

ON TO 2050 Strategy

  • Science Po Paris students – master of urban planning

City Planning in Paris (PLU, SCOT, SDRIF…)

New Methods and Approaches to Planning with We Will Chicago

The New Flexible Models of Planning: Call for Projects and Temporary Urbanism

  • Marcus ZEPF (Université Paris Est-Créteil, Paris School of Urban Planning and Lab’Urba)

Temporalities and Uncertainties in Urban Planning: towards “permanent autopoetic processes”

11.00 am – 12.30 am Session 2: Planning for Social and Spatial Justice

Moderation: Monica Chadha (Civic Projects Architecture)

Invest South-West

Thinking Communal Space : A Vehicle for Social Equity

Planning for Equity with Stakeholders and Communities

GROWSS in sync, Quality of Life Plan for North Lawndale

  • Abraham Bendheim (Studio Gang)                                                         

Neighborhood Activation, A Process to Improve Public Safety Through Community-Led Design

2 pm – 3.30 pm Session 3: Planning for Transitions

Moderation: Odile Compagnon (Odile Compagnon Architect)

The Natural History of Chicago — and its Implications

Ecological Transition and the Place of Life / Wildlife in Planning

  • Nadine Roudil (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Val de Seine)

Institutional Narratives of Energy and Youth Awareness of Climate Issues

  • Nicole Chavas (Greenprint Partners)                                                                                     

Advancing Equity by Investing in Urban Green Infrastructure

Towards Pluralist Engagement in Cultural Infrastructure Design

    3.45 pm – 5.15 pm Session 4: Future of Housing & Offices

    Moderation: Kathleen Day (Preservation of Affordable Housing)

    What kind of Housing will be Built in Chicago in the 2020s? Effects of Recent Reforms

    • Ingrid Nappi (École des Ponts Paris Tech – Observatory of the Economy of Architecture / Ministry of Culture)

    Which Future for Business Districts in an Area of Environmental and Social Transformation?

    How Cities Support Urban Manufacturing? Old and New Forms of Production Spaces

      • Francesca Artioli (Université Paris Est-Créteil, Paris School of Urban Planning and Lab’Urba )

      Short-Term Rental Platforms and the Transformation of Housing: the Challenges of Regulation 

      Aspirational Housing – What is Architect and Developer’s Responsibility? How can we Create Better Places to Live for Everyone?

      Friday, October 14 On-site visits

      9.00 am – 10.20 am: Woodlawn Resource Center 

      10.35 am – 11.40 am: Stony Island Arts Bank 

      12.10 am – 2.00 pm: Fulton East

      2.15 pm – 3.25 pm: North Lawndale Love Blooms Here Plaza 

      3.40 pm – 5.00 pm: Humboldt Park 

      In partnership with

      Institut français

      The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.

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      UIC Great Cities Institute

      UIC’s Great Cities Institute is a research hub for scholars, policymakers, and stakeholders who share an interest in finding answers to the question, “What can cities and regions do to make themselves into great places?”

      The Great Cities Institute (GCI) represents UIC’s commitment to “engaged research” while contributing to its stature as a Research One University thereby highlighting the value of quality research for addressing today’s urban challenges.

      Studio Gang

      Founded and led by Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urban design practice headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Paris. Studio Gang works as a collective of more than 100 architects, designers, and planners, using design as a medium to connect people to each other, to their communities, and to the environment.

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      Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm that delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget and above and beyond expectations.


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      Alliance française de Chicago

      The Alliance Française de Chicago is over 120 years old and is part of an international network of over 1,100 Alliances and affiliated cultural centers worldwide. It is the second oldest Alliance Française in the US and second largest after the Alliance Française in New York City. Classes are offered for all ages and levels of French, leading to certifications in French for professional purposes or simply for experiencing another language and its various cultures. It also hosts an impressive array of events, bringing notable lecturers to Chicago: authors, filmmakers and directors, winemakers, chefs, designers, historians, actors and performing artists.

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