Large infrastructure projects and democracy
In December 2018, La Fabrique de la Cité launched a new research project entitled “Large infrastructure projects and democracy”, aimed at questioning the connection between major infrastructure/urban planning projects and democracy. This initiative was born from the observation of a growing gap between the need for infrastructure and the rejection of certain large urban projects.
Where do the challenges to these major projects come from and what underlying tensions do they reflect? What do these protest movements tell us about the potential friction between our model of representative democracy and our political institutions? What do these movements propose, some of which call into question the existing processes of legitimizing the general interest? How can we integrate a democratic and participative component into the DNA of these urban projects?
“The lack of consensus is an integral part of democracy”: Laurence Monnoyer-Smith’s point of view
“We need greater articulation between thought and action, project content and procedure”: Lucile Schmid’s point of view
What response can private stakeholders provide to the crisis of consensus? The point of view of Xavier Huillard, CEO of the VINCI Group
The failed referendum on the liberalisation of Rome’s public transportation company ATAC: an analysis by Giuseppe Bettoni
Protests against major urban and infrastructure projects: a conversation with Lucile Schmid and Giuseppe Bettoni