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« Face aux rives » in India

The ‘‘Face aux rives/Smart Heritage through waterfronts development’’ project is an initiative of the Institut français in India, in the aim of promoting a dialogue between France and India on the theme of the sustainable city.
On April 1-12, 2015, a delegation of four French experts met in Pondicherry to exchange with the local authorities, as well as in Delhi Ahmedabad.
 
How can a city develop while improving the quality of life of its inhabitants, with the deterioration of what already exists and a rapidly increasing population? To face this challenge, urban development projects on all scales must answer to the many stakes involved, however contradictory they may be. Sometimes, the different actors do not sufficiently consult each other on the multitude of stakes involved for territories, and projects do not benefit from enough synergy in terms of interest.
 
It is in this spirit that the Institut français organized a workshop based on the issue of the development of shores and banks. It aimed at supporting the emergence of a transversal strategy for the different themes involving urban development by focusing on the stakes linked to water and heritage. This workshop served to stimulate collective thought by examining the heritage value, techniques and use of the urban elements that have shaped the city and territory of Pondicherry over the centuries.
 
On April 1-12, 2015, a delegation of four French experts (Michèle Laruë-Charlus, Director-General of Urban Development – Bordeaux, Alfred Peter, Landscaper, Franck Boutté, Sustainable Development Engineer, Jean Pierre Charbonneau, Project Manager – Consultant) went to Pondicherry to exchange with the local authorities as well as to Delhi and Ahmedabad to meet a large number of actors.
 
By sharing experience and viewpoints and, by building an original understanding of the territory and its potential, the aim of the workshop was to trigger a work dynamic based on urban development and to see new development projects emerge.
 
 
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