Vae victis! Spatial planning and the recent shift in French metropolitan governance
LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture|30.09.2016
Lecture by professor Anna Geppert, University Paris IV Sorbonne Discussant: professor Geoffrey Caruso, UL, Institute of Geography & Spatial Planning
France is known for its strong egalitarian tradition in spatial planning, aiming to reduce disparities between places. However, this picture is no longer true. After a series of institutional reforms, planning competences have been rescaled and the new institutional design favours the metropolitan scale, expected to deliver growth and jobs, as well as a high level of services to the inhabitants. As a result, metropolitan institutions are strengthened and concentrate resources and powers. But inequality is growing, creating a 'losers vs winners' context.
The paper will address this shift in metropolitan governance. First, we will “set the scene”, introducing the institutional design at French metropolitan scales. Secondly, we will present the administrative reforms of the years 2010, 2014 and 2015, which have created a new governance level at the metropolitan scale. Finally, we will analyse the first outcomes of this process, in the light of the theory of rescaling.
10.10, 18:00, Campus Belval, Maison des sciences humaines
The lecture will be followed by a reception. Please register by email: [email protected]