The Paris Institute of Urban Planning (IUP), attached to the University of Eastern Paris-Créteil, and the French Institute of Urban Planning (IFU), part of the University of Eastern Paris- Marne-la-Vallée, decided to come together to create the Urban Planning School of Paris (EUP). This new school will offer urban planning and development training. The “birth” of this new institution officially took place on March 18, 2015 at the Descartes Campus in Marne-la-Vallée, in the presence of Sylvia Pinel, Minister of Housing, Jurisdictional Equality, and Rural Life who “wanted to be there to salute a merger that she considers exemplary in a region that is equally as much so.”
A 2-year Program
The school will be housed in the Welcome Building, conceived by Jean-Phillippe Pargade. The same building houses the Center for Scientific and Technical Building Studies (CSTB) and The French Institute of Transportation Sciences and Technology and Network Development (Ifsttar), among others. The Urban Planning School of Paris will welcome its first students this coming September. The school will offer a 2-year degree, sanctioned by a master's in urban planning and development.
During the first year of studies, the school aims to give students a knowledge base and expertise in these two areas as they welcome “students with bachelors degrees in all disciplines,” specifies Corrine Larrue, who was, up until this point, the Director of the Paris Institute of Urban Planning. She will now co-direct the new school with Christian Lefèvre, Director of the French Institute of Urban Planning.
During the second year, the student must choose a course path for in-depth study from 8 proposed options. “They can direct themselves towards different areas of urban planning and development: territorial development strategies, urban programming and management, public space development, or integrated development. They can choose to delve deeper into a particular theme like housing, the environment, or transportation, or they can even specialize in international urban planning work,” indicates Corrine Larrue.
Developing Continuous Training
The Urban Planning School of Paris is also dedicated to developing a continuous training program. The MOPU master’s degree (Master of Urban Development Projects), offered primarily by the Paris Institute of Urban Planning, will be expanded.
“We hope to put in place two new course paths beginning in January 2016: the first, in partnership with the Development and Urban Planning Institute of Ile-de-France about taking action in metropolises, with particular emphasis on the case of Greater Paris; the other on the participation in urban projects,” adds Corrine Larrue. This specific vocational training is meant to develop along with changes in the workforce in the city and surrounding areas.
Planning the Future
“This pedagogical project allows students and future urban planners to understand all of the stakes related to constructing the city of tomorrow,” declared Sylvia Pinel. “Urban planners have a central role to play in the fabric of the cities of the future, and it is for that reason that I desire their competences and qualifications to be better recognized. This is the reason why we are actively working with professional associations and employers’ associations.”
Evoking the issues related to Greater Paris, Sylvia Pinal indicated that it was “an incredible opportunity to reduce the inequalities that exist in terms of the types of neighborhoods, and the distribution of activities and housing, through the development of new neighborhoods around the train stations.” She also spoke about rural and peri-urban areas “that deserve as much of our attention; where the issue is recreating social links and density in development projects.” Shortly after, she announced the launch of an interdisciplinary task force that will be in charge of an in-depth investigation leading to the creation of proposals related to those two questions. The Mayor concluded by saying: “As you can see, the future is, more than ever, in the hands of urban planners.”
The new school will have the following:
- 40 teacher-researchers;
- 9 associate professors;
- 3 associated research labs (Technical Laboratory of Territories and Societies, City, Mobility, and Transports Lab, and Lab’Urba) with 160 doctoral students and 80 researchers;
- 420-500 students, between 120 and 150 in the first year and between 300 and 350 in the second year;
- 15 administrative personnel.
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Original article, originally published in French, here.
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