June 3, 12 – 1 pm (EDT) CSU Lecture Series GREEN CITIES 2021: PARIS; Virtual event

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Speaker

Marion Waller is Advisor to the Mayor of Paris, in charge of architecture, , urban landscape, green spaces and funerary monuments. She has previously worked for the Deputy Mayor in charge of urban planning Jean-Louis Missika and has helped deploy “Reinventing Paris”, the international call for innovative urban projects that was then exported to other European cities. She is an urbanist and a philosopher specialized in environmental studies and has published her first book in 2016, “Artefacts Naturels”, about ecological restoration and ways of “reinhabiting” nature.


Moderator

Fredric (Rick) Bell is Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University where he also serves as Deputy Director of the Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space. He has also taught at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Rick is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey and previously served as Executive Director of Design and Construction Excellence at the New York City Department of Design and Construction. At DDC he was also Chief Architect and Assistant Commissioner of Architecture and Engineering.


Abstract 

Marion Waller will present the urban strategy developed by the City of Paris around greening streets, planning the public space for pedestrian and bikes, transforming emblematic spots such as the riverbanks and the main squares. She will explain the method used to change the architectural processes in Paris in order to favor renovation rather than demolition and bio-sourced materials rather than concrete. She will also present the results of the “Reinventing Paris” competition and how innovation can be combined with the Parisian patrimony.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe the urban strategy developed by the City of Paris around greening streets, planning the public space for pedestrian and bikes, transforming emblematic spots such as the riverbanks and the main squares. 
  2. Participants will be able to understand the method used to change the architectural processes in Paris in order to favor renovation rather than demolition and bio-sourced materials rather than concrete. 
  3. Participants will be able to illustrate the results of the “Reinventing Paris” competition and how innovation can be combined with the Parisian patrimony.
  4. Participants will be able to identify how the concept of the “15 minute city” works in Paris and could work, as well, in other cities including New York.