We had the honour of welcoming Mr Jean-Christophe Fromantin, Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, during a conference given on the theme of the metropolis and the territory: national and international stakes.
The central issue of this conference was the place of the territory in globalisation. The issue was approached from an economic, environmental and social point of view.
The metropolis is leading to a financialisation and standardisation of the economy. According to statistics, the metropolis does not have the expected effect in terms of social added value, particularly in the areas of human security and well-being.
Pollution (technological innovation cannot compensate for the use of polluting fuels or the construction of fully air-conditioned buildings), loss of identity of the masses of people living in these huge urban areas are all challenges for the metropolis of tomorrow.
The solution would then be to evolve towards an economy that is no longer centralized but distributed. The metropolis would remain only an interface with globalization.
Technological evolution can and must make it possible to work where one wants to live by combining the expansion of the network, the redistribution of populations across the territory and the use of new technologies by the individual as a means of work.
Guillaume CHEVALLIER, CEDS master student