The Paris Urbanism Agency (Apur), an association registered under the 1901 law, was created on 3rd June 1967 by the Paris City Council.
Apur’s missions are to document, analyse and develop forward looking strategies for urban and societal evolution. Above all it is:
- A tool to assist in public planning and development policy making on the scales of both Paris and the metropolis;
- A pathfinder for putting the metropolis of Grand Paris in place, taking into account its specific metropolitan assets and competences as defined by the Maptam law on the modernisation of public territorial action and the consolidation of metropolises.
- A platform for exchanging, communicating and constructing together with all the key players of Paris and the metropolis, technical syndicates, public bodies, municipalities and citizens.
Its missions are redefined and voted yearly at a General Assembly, and form a work programme specifying all the studies, observatories and data processing that Apur is responsible for carrying out and communicating to its administrators.
The programme is organised into 4 parts:
- Part 1, reference data and maps, along with the observatories, form the main body of the agency’s production. Subjects are treated on the long-term to ensure the feasibility of information presented and that it’s up-to-date thus enriching data and making it possible to plan future studies.
- Part 2, the studies rely extensively on this body of work and are organised around 8 work themes: cities and urban forms / the environment and networks / public space and mobility / the social and societal / living conditions and housing / economy, employment, business real-estate, commerce, tourism / support and guidance of the metropolis and large projects. Each of these themes develops new data, feeding one or a number of observatories and carries out research and development work.
- Part 3 covers internationally linked work that is done in the context of decentralised co-operation programmes.
- Part 4 brings together subjects linked to internal distribution to our partners and more widely to the general public.
The majority of this work - apart from the observatories which are set up for the benefit of institutional partners - is available to the general public and most of the data are accessible on open data.
As well as this, Apur can carry out any mission or study linked to its field of activity in response to calls for tender from Ile-de-France or foreign public bodies.