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City/Cité - France/United States: What is the future of urban democracy?

City/Cité - France/United States: What is the future of urban democracy?

Published on December 1, 2016
At a time where shockwaves of the Brexit and US elections extend to the other side of the Atlantic in a context of worldwide political crisis, City/Cité brings together researchers, policymakers, city architects, activists, artists, and journalists in a transatlantic dialogue on the past, present, and future of urban democracy.

After the 2015 launch of City/Cité in Chicago and before the next stage that will take place in Detroit in 2017, this Paris edition turns to the issue of “neighborhoods”. The two days of events at CentQuatre-Paris and Maison de la Poésie offer a space for exchange and reflection on ways to promote social inclusion and political participation in neighborhoods, and to identify best practices for social justice. Beyond the immediate objective of establishing an international network of artists, researchers, local figures, and activists, the project aims to create a Franco-American commission on urban development policy.

December 9, 2016

2:30-4:00 pm: « The Urban Future : What challenges arise for the future of urban democracy? »

Opening remarks: Bruno Faucher, Executive President, Institut Français
Moderator: Mathieu Potte-Bonneville (Institut Français)
Participants: Jean-Louis Missika (Paris City Council, Deputy Mayor), José-Manuel Gonçalvès (Director CENTQUATRE-PARIS), Richard Sennett (New York University/London School of Economics), Jeff Chang (Stanford University)
Location : Le CentQuatre, Paris, Room 200
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4:15-4:30 pm: « Remarks on Urban Policies in France by ‎Patrick Kanner, French Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport »

Location : Le CentQuatre, Paris, Room 200
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4:30-6:30 pm: « Planning Neighborhoods: Space, Design, and Urban Democracy »

Moderator: Christophe Hutin (Arc en rêve center of architecture)
Participants: Marie-Hélène Bacqué (Paris X – Nanterre University), Beatrice Mariolle (National School of Architecture Paris Belleville), Monica Chadha (Civic Projects/IIT), Melinda Anderson (Detroit Design Festival), Anya Sirota (University of Michigan/Akoaki Studio)
Location : Le CentQuatre, Paris, Room 200
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8:00 pm: « Evening City/Cité: Writing about Detroit (Meeting, Reading, Screening) with author Marianne Rubinstein »

Moderators: Fabrice Rozié (Culural Attaché, Consulate of France - Chicago) and Sandrine Treiner (France Culture Radio)
Participants: Arno Bitschy (Filmmaker), Juanita Moore, Melba Boyd
Location : La Maison de la Poésie, Paris
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December 10, 2016

2:30-4:30 pm: « The Cultures of Neighborhoods : Music, Cultural Heritage and Civic Engagement »

Moderator: Naïma Yahi (historian)
Participants: Mustapha Amokrane (Musician/Activist, Origines Controlées, Fréderic Callens (Culture & Diversity Fondation), Devon Akom (Arab American Museum), Sacramento Knoxx (Musician/Activist, Detroit), Nacira Guénif-Souilamas (University Paris 8), Jeff Chang (Stanford University), Christina deRoos (Kresge Arts, Detroit)
Location : Le CentQuatre, Paris, Room 200
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4:30-6:30 pm: « Voices from the Grassroots: The independent Medias in France and United-States »

Moderator: Rokhaya Diallo (author/filmmaker)
Participants: Nassira el Moaddem (Bondy Blog), Nora Hamadi (Fumigène), Chastity Pratt Dawsey (Bridge Magazine), Bill McGraw (Bridge Magazine/Detroit Journalism Cooperative), Thomas Sugrue (New York University), Samir Hadj Belgacem (CERAPS/CNRS)
Location : Le CentQuatre, Paris, Room 200
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8:00 pm: « Concert/performance »

Performance : Sacramento Knoxx (Detroit/USA)
Concert : Origines Contrôlées - Mouss et Hakim (Toulouse/France)
Location : Le CentQuatre, Paris, Room 200
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