#25 Paris

The city of tomorrow

The city of tomorrow is a city adapted to the youth of today. This raises the issue of our local authorities’ relationship to youth. It is also the city that will be able to respond to the ecological challenge: how to better understand the issues and contradictory injunctions? What concrete solutions for our local authorities? 

For this meeting, we wanted to introduce our colleagues in the BEST network to places that are emblematic of the transformation of Paris. In particular, we are quite proud of the way in which the buildings of three former arrondissement town halls, which were left unused after the merger of the four central arrondissements of Paris into one, have become, after consultation, public facilities. These are now places where we are testing things in response to the various crises – health, energy and others – that we are going through, and which require a great deal of agility. 

One of them has become QJ (Quartier Jeune), in response to the health crisis that has hit this age group so hard. It is a multi-purpose service centre for young people and it is also an opportunity for us as a local authority to rethink our relationship with young people. How can we involve them in the design, management and implementation of our public policies? How can we make our administrations attractive to young people whose expectations are profoundly renewed? 

Another has become the Climate Academy. It is home to groups of young people who are mobilising for the climate, and who are themselves responsible for programming the venue (conferences, debates, etc.). It is also a place for training in eco-construction. 

Finally, the Maison des Canaux is also an interesting model for supporting social and solidarity economy initiatives, particularly in the field of the circular economy.

I am pleased that the 25th meeting has provided an opportunity to discuss these different issues and to share good practices. 

> Marie Villette, Secretary General of the City of Paris


See presentations


Welcome and presentation of the program of the meeting
> Marie VILLETTE, Secretary General of the City of Paris

The legibility of public action for young people today

> Lauren LOLO and Brandy BOLOKO, co-founders, respectively Director General and President of the Cité des Chances
> Clara FAURÉ, co-coordinator of the international pole of the Young Ambassadors for the Climate (JAC) 
et Nicolas STEINIK, engineer, facilitator for an ecological and social transformation, employed at JAC

Demythologizing youth: a colourful portrait
Presentation of the survey “Une jeunesse plurielle”, carried out by the Institut Montaigne, which offers a unique portrait of French youth, at the same time one and diverse.

> Olivier GALLAND, Emeritus Director of Research at the CNRS and sociologist specialising in youth issues
> Marc LAZAR, professor emeritus of history and political sociology at Sciences Po Paris

Testimonies from city and intercommunality CEOs on the attractiveness policy implemented for young people in their local authority

The venues visited

The participants in the meeting were welcomed in several places created and run or supported by the City of Paris, using premises converted for this purpose.

QJ (Quartier Jeunes)
In the former town hall of the 1st arrondissement, QJ offers young people from Paris and the Ile-de-France region a personalised welcome and solutions in all areas of life: employment, orientation, career, commitment, health, access to law, housing, holidays, culture, leisure, sport, etc.

> Bettina MANCHEL, Director
> Thomas ROGÉ, Head of the Youth Policy Department, City of Paris

L’Académie du Climat
In the former town hall of the 4th arrondissement, the Climate Academy is an open space dedicated to the climate, where you can learn, meet or be supported in your projects.

> Sarah ALBY, Director

La Maison des Canaux
Housed in a former administrative building used to manage the Paris canals, the institutional association Les Canaux supports actors in the solidarity and innovative economies, in France and internationally: providing business, structuring impact-based economic sectors, and training to support economic actors in developing their activities.

> Élisa YAVCHITZ, Director

Le Centquatre-Paris
A space for artistic residencies, production and dissemination of the arts, with free spaces for artistic practices and early childhood and a start-up incubator.

> Flore BONAFÉ, Director of communications

The Hôtel de Matignon
Welcome to the Territories Unit of the Prime Minister’s office and guided tour of the park with a tour guide

> Hugo BÉVORT, Head of the Territories Unit in the Prime Minister’s Office, and former participant in the BEST meetings
> Renan MÉGY, his deputy


Preserving, adapting, passing on
Some forty contemporary renovation, rehabilitation and reconversion projects illustrate new ways of making buildings. At the Pavillon de l’Arsenal.

> Alexandre LABASSE, Director

60 years of urban art in Paris
Through the creations of 70 street artists, a rich and sharp panorama of this artistic movement and the importance of the Parisian scene in its development. 
At the Hôtel de Ville de Paris.

> Nicolas LAUGERO LASSERRE, Curator of the exhibition

Au 104 Leandro Erlich © Quentin Chevrier