The Agency

The Paris Urbanism Agency (Apur), is an association regulated by the 1901 Law and was created on 3rd July 1967 by Paris City Council. Since 1st February 2012, Dominique Alba the architect, has been Managing Director.

View of Paris and La Defense seen from the Morland building (Bâtiment Morland) - © Apur François Mohrt

What does Apur do?

Apur’s mission is to document, analyse and develop forward looking strategies which address the urban and societal evolution of Paris and Greater Paris (Métropole du Grand Paris). It is :

  • A tool at the service of urban development public policy makers and development on Parisian and metropolitan scales;
  • A pathfinder in setting up the Métropole du Grand Paris while taking into consideration its characteristics and competence as defined in the text of the Maptam Law for the modernisation of territorial public action and the assertiveness of metropolises;
  • A platform for exchanging information, sharing construction and distribution with all the key players in Paris and the Métropole du Grand Paris, technical syndicates, public establishments, municipalities and its citizens.


Its missions are decided upon each year at a general assembly where a detailed work programme is adopted which includes all the studies, observatories and data processing that Apur is responsible for carrying out and making known to its administrators and the general public.

Apur is also involved in missions beyond its social role when it responds to calls for tenders  put out by Ile-de-France or foreign municipalities.

Partnership work programme

The work programme is organised around 8 areas of action:

  • Area 1: Information and data systems
  • Area 2: Urban fabrics and dynamics, adapting to climate change, regulatory development
  • Area 3: Environment, energy and networks
  • Area 4: Mobility, public space and accompanying the Olympic Games
  • Area 5: Living conditions , economy, employment
  • Area 6: Social and societal, innovation, employment
  • Area 7: Metropolitan territorial dynamics
  • Area 8: Large-scale projects 


The majority of this work - apart from the observatories which are specifically for institutional partners - is accessible to the general public on this site and a great number of data are made available on the Apur open data platform.


Apur’s annual budget is approximately 9 million euros.

  • 90% of its revenue is made up of subsidies from partners for missions included in the partnership work programme.
  • 10% are their own-source income (contracts and complementary funding provided by local authorities or the Public Establishment for Intercommunal Co-operation -EPCI-, which are concerned with studies included in the partnership work programme).


Status and governance body

Apur is a non-profit making association made up of 27 member partners whose Chairman is Claude Dargent, City Councillor of Paris and the 15th district (since 23rd June 2014).

The make up of the assembly manifests the determination to put in place a structure for studying and exchanging ideas in liaison with the major key players within the Metropolis.

The Chairman, Claude Dargent, was mandated to represent Apur at the FNAU (National Federation of Urbanism Agencies) meetings.



Apur has 84 employees (FTE in 2016) who form multi-disciplinary teams:

  • heads of studies (architects, engineers, economists, geographers, sociologists, demographers, cartographers);
  • GIS and data base specialists, geomaticians, statisticians;
  • documentation, publishing and communication departments;
  • general departments (personnel, accounts…).


50 years of urban history

Expo web -

Since 1967, Apur has accompanied public policy. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Agency has put on line the exhibition “Imagining Paris and Grand Paris since 1967” which retraces 50 years of urban history through selected studies each illustrating the extent of the ground that has been covered. There are over 300 archive documents and 15,000 pages which have been digitalised in order to put the exhibition together which will be further enriched each year with new tasks accomplished.


Documents to download

  • Partnership work programme 2018/2019

    Format : pdf, 1.89 MB
  • Activity report 2017

    Format : pdf, 36.6 MB
  • Status - 28 June 2018

    Format : pdf, 123.86 KB