Living in 20 years: which scenarios for the future of French territories?

What will French territories and metropolises be like in 2040? Such is the question at the heart of “Living in 20 years” (Habiter dans 20 ans”), a recent study by French think tank Terra Nova born of the reflections of a working group which La Fabrique de la Cité took part in in 2018. After a first presentation at Leonard:Paris in April 2019 in the presence of French Minister for Towns and Housing Julien Denormandie, La Fabrique de la Cité invited Marc-Olivier Padis, Director of Studies at Terra Nova, to present four scenarios for the future of French territories during a debate held in Marseille on 4 July 2019. This event offered an opportunity to plead for an integrated take on habitat, a departure from the silo-ed approaches traditionally favored by urban policies. This long-term vision which takes into account the close connections between planning, housing, employment, and mobility in favor of quality of life is at the heart of the strategy deployed by the Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence, as noted by Arlette Fructus, Vice-President in charge of habitat and urban policy at the Métropole. But it is also central to the approach adopted by the New Deal Consortium for its project on the future of roadways in the Greater Paris area, as explained by Carles Llop, architect, urban planner, and a professor at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

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