« City 2030 » is an ambitious collective bet, shared by men and women in France, who decided to try and imagine
the way we would live in European cities in 2030. Beyond the open innovation experiment, the goal was to anticipate 2030,
to explore different tracks, to play with hypothesis and then transform the ideas into concepts.
Some concepts have then been selected and materialized by designers and experts.

"Cities are alive. Just as life, they invent themselves.
Let’s be inspired by Nature to solve our little problems of human animals.
Those solutions are often elegant, always thrifty.
As in life, several paths lay ahead of us in order to move forward. 
Diverse are cities. The choice is ours."

Erik Orsenna, member of Académie française

15 years ago...

15 years ago, it was 1999… The cell phone was just starting to become widespread; there was no social network
and no tablet. Internet access was still costly and limited. We used the yellow pages, Minitel, phone booths,
desktop computers with heavy central processing units. We communicated via regular mail, using stamps.
We used to hitchhike, not car-pool. There was no electrical car, and even less car-sharing systems,
very few bikeways and tram hadn’t yet comeback.

15 years : a generation and yet, time enough to experience numerous social and use-related revolutions.

The project

City 2030 was, at the time of its launch, the first project federating that many partners from Ideas Laboratory. Learn more

CITIES ARE ALIVE

Just as life, they invent themselves. Innovation is at the core of their DNA.

They invent themselves in order to grow. They have to invent how to welcome waves upon waves of newcomers.
They invent in order to build, they invent in order to heat, they invent in order to water and feed, they invent in order to transport, they invent to repair the tears, they invent to forge links. Cities are like a textile manufacture.
They invent in order to produce a fragile harmony that has to be constantly recreated. Just as in life.

They invent so that, from the sum of individuals, collective energy will be born.
They invent to attract, they invent to brighten up, they invent to soften.

They also invent themselves in order to last when decline has come, when other cities take over.

A city invents itself ceaselessly. Just as life. So what better, more useful and truer model to take inspiration from than life itself?

Let’s learn mimicry; let’s be inspired by Nature to solve our little problems of human animals.
Those solutions are often elegant, always thrifty.

As in life, several paths lay ahead of us in order to move forward. Cities are diverse.

The choice is ours.

Erik Orsenna, member of Académie Française