Club Ville

2011 à 2016

Background and issues

IDDRI’s Club Ville brought together various public and private actors and community groups to build an overarching understanding of the mechanisms of the urban organisation and facilitate the transition towards a more sustainable city. The initiative was closed in 2016, and partners decided to continue the work through short-term projects (Urban Crowdsourcing, Crowdfunding, AudaCities…)..

The initiative did not take a normative approach to a sustainable city, but attempted to understand, through case studies and analyses, how the mechanisms of the urban organisation are transforming with respect to the environmental and social goals of sustainable development.


Club Ville’s ambition was to move beyond fragmented perspectives, sector- or discipline-centric approaches that are sometimes contradictory, and to integrate them into a pragmatic perspective on sustainability.

Based on a common conceptual framework, we identified different “drivers” (determining or transformative factors, actionable levers) that contribute to urban organisation. We analysed the ways in which these drivers interact and outlined diagnostic and assessment measures that provided a holistic approach to the city.

Club Ville was a platform for:

  • Understanding the mechanisms of urban organisation;

  • Moving beyond limited and fragmented approaches;

  • Taking a pragmatic approach towards a sustainable city;

  • Reflecting on the city as a political object;

  • A multi-stakeholder discussion at the intersection of private research and public policy


Partners of the Club Ville organized several working sessions to discuss research findings:  

2015-2016: “Digital transition and the city” thematic cycle

  • Session 21 (June 2016) – Digital citizen participation in cities – Crowdsourcing for the cause of sustainable development – 4th Session: case study and research results>> steering committee and partners

  • Session 20 (March 2016) - Digital citizen participation in cities – Crowdsourcing for the cause of sustainable development – 3rd session: interim results >> steering committee and partners

  • Session 19 (January 2016) - Digital citizen participation in cities – Crowdsourcing for the cause of sustainable development – 2nd session: case studies with Régis Leroux [Mairie de Paris – Paris Town hall] and Clément Marquet [UFO/ Télécom Paris Tech]

  • Session 18 (October 2015) - Digital citizen participation in cities – Crowdsourcing for sustainable development – 1st session: research framework >> steering committee and partners



  • Session 17 (June 2015) – Between development and climate change goals, the challenges of funding for cities
    >> with Clément Larrue [AFD], Dominique Héron [International Chamber of Commerce] and Luc Raimbault [Cergy Pontoise agglomeration]

  • Session 16 (April 2015) - Is the smart city sustainable? Analysis based on data issues
    >> with Isabelle Drochon [Head of Project – Data, GRDF], Hélène Roussel, [Montpellier city] et Alexandre Grassigny [Fabrique de la Cité]

  • Session 15 (January 2015) – How can the dissociation of building and property rights help in increasing the supply of affordable housing for ownership?
    >> with Marc Uhry [Head of Programme Europe, Abbé Pierre Foundation]

  • Session 14 (October 2014) – Evaluating the economic efficacy of the climate policies of local or big urban projects
    >> with Jean-Claude Prager [Director of Economic Analysis, Grand Paris Corporation]


  • Session 13 (May 2014) –Real estate developers in large urban projects in the Greater Paris Region and New York City: challenges and consequences of integrated urbanisation
    >> with P. Citron [University of Paris 1, UMR Géographie-Cités]


  • Session 12 (March 2014) – What are the challenges of local energy governance? Drawing the lessons learnt from urban planning
    >> with C. Bernard [Director of Environment, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region] et B. Ronez [Research fellow, CEREMA]


  • Session 11 (January 2014) – Citizen participation and transformation of uses for sustainable urban planning
    >> with Bernard Roth [Founder and president-fondateur, Périclès Développement]


  • Session 10 (November 2013) – Vulnerabilities and inequalities in the context of the energy transition: the role of urban organisation
    >> with Lucas Chancel and Mathieu Saujot [IDDRI]



  • Session 9 (May 2013) – Changes in property ownership
    >> with Bruno Cheuvreux [Cheuvreux Notaires, Paris] et Raphael Leonetti [associate legal officer, Cheuvreux Notaires, Paris]


  • Session 8 (March 2013) – Project development and partnerships: comparison with Dutch practices
    >> with Sébastien Garnier [consultant at Aedes, federation of social-housing organisations in the Netherlands since 2008, and head of European Affairs at the Aedes office in Brussels]

  • Session 7 (February 2013) – The digital revolution, public policies, private actors and urban organisation
    >> with Stéphane Vincent [Director, 27e Région, association to support the implementation of public policy] and Nicolas Colin [Inspecteur des finances, co-author of the report “Appraisal of fiscal policy in the digital economy”]


  • Session 6 (December 2012) - Decentralisation

  • Session 5 (September 2012) – Rethinking urban policy goals, renewing the coproduction of urbanisation



  • Session 4 (June 2012) – Partners, plans and decision-making in cities
    >> with Thomas Orsini [Director – Electric Vehicle Business Development, Renault]


  • Session 3 (May 2012) – Can cities do without urban planning?
    >> with Michel Vandenberghe [Market Development, Senior Advisor – IBM]


  • Session 2 (February 2012) – What kind of financial innovation do we need?
    >> with Jean-Sébastien Saulnier d’Anchald [Director for Urban Projects, Housing Loans Division in the Savings Account Fund of the CDC] and José Lopez [Project Manager, Énergies Posit’if (semi-public company), sustainable land use planning division]


Session 1 (October 2011) – The challenges of cities funding the urbanisation process