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 La Défense seen from the 20th district © Apur

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.


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.

Partnership work programme

The work programme is organised around 8 areas of action:

  • area 1: Information and data systems
  • area 2: Urban fabrics, urban dynamics, adapting to climate change, regulatory evolution
  • area 3: Environment, energy and networks
  • area 4: Mobility, public space
  • area 5: Living conditions, economy, commerce
  • area 6: Social and societal, innovation, employment
  • area 7: Metropolitan territorial dynamics
  • area 8: 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games heritage support
  • area 9: Major 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.

As an initiative to enrich its work the Agency proposes that researchers and organisations working in these fields associate themselves with a number of future studies. Please find the scoping notes below : 



Apur’s annual budget is approximately 9 million euros.

  • 92% of its revenue is made up of subsidies from partners for missions included in the partnership work programme.
  • 8% 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 partner members 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 81 employees (FTE in 2018) 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…).



The Agency has a documentary collection devoted to the urban, societal, economic and environment evolution of Paris in its metropolitan context and makes comparisons with other large European and international metropolises. This collection is made up of 20,000 references which, apart from Apur's publications, includes maps, Paris City Council deliberations, study and research reports, public reports, theses and memoirs. 

These documents can be consulted by appointment but cannot be lent externally. An iconographic collection is also available. The collection deals essentially with Paris and covers the period from 1970 to the present day. With a wealth of around 20,000 digital documents and 70,000 analog processed documents, the collection is made up of photographs, maps, historical maps, studies, projections…


Seine Valley

In 2018/2019, Apur is responsible for piloting and animating all co-operation including in particular the organisation of the annual conference on the theme of tourism.

The co-operation of the Seine Valley Urbanism Agencies has, since 2010, given its technical support to regional and national policy makers in that concerning areas along the course of the River Seine. This co-operation brings together the Agencies of Caen (AUCAME), Rouen (AURBSE), Paris (APUR),  l’Île-de-France (IAU idf) and Le Havre (AURH) who are assigned each year to:

  • construct a procedure for monitoring territorial dynamics; this procedure should notably allow a common basis to be established and  knowledge to be shared;
  • organise meetings of the Seine Valley Urbanism Agencies and produce an annual study in order to continue the impetus of the Seine Valley Project. 

For more information on the co-operation of the Seine Valley Urbanism Agencies, consult the site devoted to it


Documents to download

  • Partnership work programme 2019/2020

    Format : pdf, 2.86 MB
  • 2018 Activity Report

    Format : pdf, 16.43 MB
  • Status - 1st January 2019

    Format : pdf, 202 KB