CityLab Interviewed Paris Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika at reSITE
Sharing is not a fad, it is a movement. And a very useful one.
Jean‑Louis Missika, deputy mayor of Paris, talks about his passion project—a design competition for underutilized spaces—and why he believes shared spaces are the future of the city.
Jean‑Louis Missika, deputy mayor of Paris, believes that the City on the Seine must undergo a transformation. I talked to Missika, who is in charge of Paris’s urban planning and architecture, about his passion project, Réinventer Paris (Reinvent Paris). The competition asks urban designers to propose innovative uses for underutilized city spaces, most of which are at least partially underground. Below are the edited highlights of our interview during reSITE 2017 in Prague this summer.
What makes your call for projects, Réinventer Paris, different?
Everything! The role of the city is changing. Thus far, Paris has been pursuing its architectural interests through public buildings, such as libraries, museums, and schools. As for other buildings and property suitable for revitalization, it was mostly about maximizing profit. In this competition, it is the most inventive and truly innovative project that wins.
It's clear, we're not here to think small. We're rethinking an urban landscape, and more importantly, an attitude. We're here to recreate. We're here to grow. Or put it simply, to REGENERATE.
In its most diverse edition yet, REGENERATE hosted a rich and interdisciplinary conversation about the future of life in cities, attracting twelve hundred participants from 25 countries to 3 stages, side events and parties.
reSITE is excited to announce that Elizabeth Diller, co-founder of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS + R) accepted our invitation to give a keynote lecture at the SAR (at The Association for Architecture and Development Summit in the Czech Republic) event on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 in Prague's Art-Nouveau jewel, Obecní dům (the Municipal House).
reSITE 2019 REGENERATE brings a global community of city-makers to Prague full of eagerness to inspire to create an impact on the future of our cities this September 19-20
Kimmelman talks about his current research, writing and thoughts about sustainability and the urban condition in Prague.
Mimi Hoang talks about architecture, cities, public space, private space, affordable housing, apartments, interior design and layout.
"We should maintain our welcoming culture. Let’s not talk about them, but work with them! Don’t plan for people, plan with them." - Martin Klamt
Carl Weisbrod offered inspiration for any city, including Prague: "Right in the zoning plan, we determined that at least 25 to 30 percent of newly built dwellings must be considered ‘affordable.’