Public space in Paris : new practices, new uses

Public space in Paris : new practices, new uses

Following the 2010-2011 study which reached a surprising “conclusion about Paris” concerning the use of public space, the studies undertaken in 2012  re-examined public space taking into consideration both societal (means of transport, lifestyles and social practices) and environmental (climate, biodiversity, pollution) issues.

If the needs of pedestrians and environmental issues are taken into account each space has to be assessed in terms both of its potential and the margin for manoeuvre available to make changes. The results of this cross-referencing have been combined into a reference tool for future actions.
The study lays out choices and directions in terms of strategies for action by sector, bringing to light a combination of potential ways to:
  • Render more user-friendly and introduce new practices;
  • Enable the city to deal with extreme climate periods and the effects of urban heat islands;
  • Reinforce biodiversity and ecological continuity.
This approach to the transformation of public space contributes to the current debate, in particular the “Paris Pedestrian Plan-Plan Paris Piéton -”, and the works in preparation for the revision of the land use plan -PLU- (urban forms, wider landscapes, public space, environment).
Three districts bearing witness
A method
Four-point analysis
  • Public space, a place to live in and for economic dynamics
  • Public space, physical infrastructure
  • Public space, a place for nature in the city
  • Public space, providing parking areas
  • Cross references: district 1
  • Cross references: district 2
  • Cross references: district 3
Methodological Annex
Cartographic collection


Documents to download

  • Public space in Paris : new practices, new uses

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