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See you online for the first edition of the Meetings of Medium-sized Cities!

La Fabrique de la Cité organizes the first edition of the Meetings of Medium-sized Citieson November 25 and 26, 2020. Follow online this series of conferences dedicated to the exploration of the trajectories of medium-sized cities. The results of a survey commissioned by La Fabrique de la Cité from the Kantar and Potloc institutes about “The French and Medium-sized Cities” will exclusively be presented.

Sometimes highlighted for their quality of life, sometimes criticized for their lack of activity, medium-sized cities are subject to representations as contradictory as their reality, which is diverse and complex. Is there such a thing as “a” medium-sized city? The answer to this question cannot be given without field work.

Why does one leave medium-sized cities? On the contrary, why does one stay or return there? Should specific territorial strategies be developed for this type of city, making the concept of the medium-sized city a relevant category of action? Or are there local particularities, their regional context or their ability to fit into networks at different scales that prevail in the making of the different trajectories of medium-sized cities? These are all questions that will be raised during these online debates in order to gain a closer understanding of medium-sized cities’ current challenges.

Among the twenty or so speakers who are taking part in this first edition of the Meetings of Medium-Sized Cities are elected officials (Jean-Marc Vayssouze-Faure, Mayor of Cahors, Boris Ravignon, Mayor of Charleville-Mézières, Sylvain Robert, Mayor of Lens, Jean-Christophe Fromantin, Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, Frédéric Masquelier, Mayor of Saint-Raphaël and Robert Herrmann, former president of the Eurométropole de Strasbourg), researchers (Hélène Peskine, permanent secretary of the Plan Urbanisme Construction Architecture, Raphaële Bertho, lecturer in Arts at the François Rabelais University of Tours) and artists (writer Aurélien Bellanger).

To register and attend the Meetings (in French), follow this link : https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/billets-premiere-edition-des-rencontres-des-villes-moyennes-127138756443


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