Cities and the innovation fabric - The Urban, season 2 - Episode 2 with Pierre Veltz
In this second episode from season 2 of The Urban, Gecina’s podcast on urban lifestyles and the city, we discuss urban innovation with our guest, the economist Pierre Veltz. He observes with interest the evolving relationship between the public and private sectors in France, and sets out the conditions needed for a successful partnership between cities and businesses.
- Pierre Veltz, engineer, sociologist and economist, regional business and business organization specialist, notably chairman and CEO of Établissement Public Paris-Saclay from 2010 to 2015
- Luc Gwiazdzinski, geographer
- Report from Nantes, the city where everything is possible?
To listen to the second episode in French with English subtitles, play the video:
“The basic assessment is that there is extensive unchartered territory for innovation: businesses need to move away from their mindset as ‘consumers of services’ and position themselves as ‘coproducers within the city’."
"Some time ago, we had a paternalistic city, a city where the private sector was taking care of everything. We’ve completely moved away from that model. Today, companies are more in a consumer position in cities. They want housing for their employees, efficient public transportation and city services."
"Today we have a vision of urban innovation that is, in my opinion, too technological. The real innovations are more social and organizational."
"Deep down, the city is life."
To transform their citizens’ lives, take on board new practices and respond to new challenges, cities are outdoing one another with innovations.They are increasingly opening up to public-private partnership approaches, bringing together municipalities, university research laboratories and private businesses.
Pierre Veltz knows these issues well…He is the guest for the second episode of The Urban, which explores the new relationships between two worlds: that of industry and that of territories. And this urban fabric seems to be paving the way for the emergence of new urban business models, as well as new design, building and management models. To encourage middle classes to return, Pierre Veltz now proposes to rebalance the social fabric of cities by re-diversifying activities within dense areas and reintroducing physical production, modelled around the “urban manufacturing” seen in London or New York.
For this second episode, The Urban headed to Nantes: the city of experimentation, where everything is possible, named 2019 Innovation Capital. This episode also hears from the geographer Luc Gwiazdzinski, who advocates anchoring “the temporal approach at the heart of urban thinking”.
To listen to the original episode in French:
To safeguard its communications, Gecina certifies its contents with Wiztrust. You can check their authenticity at www.wiztrust.com.
Conceiving low-carbon cities - The Urban, season 2 - Episode 5 with Magali Reghezza-Zitt
New threats, with climate change at the forefront, are focused today on cities and their inhabitants. How can we plan ahead for them? What are the key factors for resilience? For the geographer[...]
Paris, France, January 11, 2021
Are cities still rising stars? The Urban, season 2 - Episode 4 with Richard Florida
Cities have never faced such close scrutiny as since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, our certainties have been turned upside down, the resilience of cities is under discussion…but cities[...]
Paris, France, January 5, 2021
The battle for public space - The Urban, season 2 - Episode 3 with Saskia Sassen
At a time when parks and gardens have never been more valuable than since the Covid-19 pandemic, sociologist Saskia Sassen reminds us how precious public space is. This third episode of[...]
Paris, France, December 16, 2020
The challenges with new forms of solidarity - The Urban, season 2 - Episode 1 with Jean Viard
Cities and the people living in them are being significantly affected by the health crisis. The concerns and uncertainty are also leading to a resurgence of the values of cooperation and[...]
Paris, France, December 4, 2020
The Urban, Gecina’s podcast on urban lifestyles and the city, is back
What is the horizon for life in our cities? How can we conceive, live and build new urban lifestyles, facing challenges with the Covid-19 crisis? The answers can be found in The Urban, Gecina’s[...]
Paris, France, December 1, 2020