Biennial VIII - Nancy 2009

VIII. Nancy, France: 2 to 4 December 2009

The spirit of cities


France hosted again a biennial fourteen years later.
What is the place of our cities in the world economy and how do they confront globalization?
What are the reactions to the economic, climatic, demographic and social challenges of today, and what are the concrete answers?
To which strategies, government instruments and economic interventions do they resort? These were some of the questions examined and debated during the course of the event, which focused on the role of urbanism in relation to the fight against climate change, bearing in mind that 75% of the global consumption of Energy, waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions are related to urban environments, and that 50% of the world population lives in cities and forecasts indicate that the proportion will be two thirds of humanity living in Cities in the middle of the 21st century.