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CITY CITÉ Atlanta x Marseille : Reclaiming Civic Space to Support Cultural Well-Being

Aftercar

828 Ralph McGill Blvd NE (Lower Level of Telephone Lofts) 

Atlanta, 30306

A dialogue between the cities of Atlanta and Marseille on the importance of cultural infrastructure. 

October 6 @ 5:00 pm 9:00 pm

City Cité Atlanta x Marseille explores the city’s role and responsibility in the cultural well-being of its visitors and residents. Friche la Belle de Mai, a former tobacco factory turned major cultural institution in Marseille, France provides a fascinating case study on the social, environmental and economic impact of this reclaimed space supported by public and private institutions.  

Atlanta, having not made similar investments in cultural infrastructure, has lost and continues to lose cultural spaces due to rising real estate costs or has sold facilities like the Atlanta Civic Center to developers. Given the lessons of Friche la Belle de Mai, how can the city of Atlanta reassert its civic vocation by reclaiming civic spaces for culture?  

Join us as we invite Friche la Belle de Mai management team and gather city leaders, cultural institution directors, urban planners, architects and artists from Marseille and Atlanta to make a case for the role of cultural infrastructure in the making of great cities.   

5 pm – Reception 

6 pm – General presentation: Cities, culture and society
Introduction words 

Heather Infantry, arts advocate, Generator & David Ruffel, Cultural Attaché, Villa Albertine 

Global Perspectives on Alternative Cultural Places 

Sabir Khan, Associate Professor, College of design, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Marseille, urban geographies 

Alexandre Grondeau, Associate, Aix/Marseille University  

Marseille, a cultural portrait 

Alexandre Field, architect, Marseille School of architecture / Bureau des guides 

6:45 pm – Study Case: Friche la Belle de Mai 

Friche la belle de Mai, A collective presentation  

Alban Corbier-Labasse, Director, Friche la Belle de mai  

Lucie Duriez, Director of cultural development, Friche la Belle de mai  

Victorine Grataloup, Director Triangle – Astérides, visual arts, Friche la Belle de mai 

Elodie Le Breut, Director AMI, music, Friche la belle de mai 

7:30 pm – Q/A: What should Atlanta take from this experience?  

Introduction and moderation by Ryan Gravel, urban planner and designer, Generator, with Oshun Layne, Executive Director, Dashboard. 

8:30 pm – A plan to action: Re/claiming Civic Space to Support Cultural Well-Being 

Mapping Lost Cultural Spaces in Atlanta + A plan to action 

Heather Infantry, arts advocate, Generator & Sabir Khan, Associate Professor, College of design, Georgia Institute of Technology 

“Re/claiming Civic Space to Support Cultural Well-Being” is presented at Aftercar by Generator and Villa Albertine with the support of the College of design at Georgia Tech. 

Designed in 2015 and first implemented in Chicago and San Francisco, CITY CITÉ is a transatlantic cooperation and exchange program on urban issues and city making, initiated by Villa Albertine, the cultural institution of the French Embassy in the US. 
 
In 2022, CITY CITÉ comes to Atlanta for the first time on the occasion of the French Consulate’s annual France-Atlanta program, Atlanta Design Festivaland the City of Atlanta’s ELEVATE festival. CITY CITÉ – Atlanta x Marseille 2022aims to make a case for the role of culture in urban and social development, by creating a dialogue between cities of Atlanta and Marseille and inviting La Friche la Belle de Mai, a major institution in Marseille, at the forefront of cultural, social, environmental and urban innovation. 

CITY CITÉ – Atlanta x Marseille 2022 is supported by the Institut français, Villa Albertine, The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and France-Atlanta. 

Join us as we invite Friche la Belle de Mai management team and gather city leaders, cultural institution directors, urban planners, architects and artists from Marseille and Atlanta to make a case for the role of cultural infrastructure in the making of great cities.   

Marseille Speakers  

Alban Corbier-Labasse, Director Friche la Belle de mai,  

Lucie Duriez, Director of cultural development, Friche la Belle de mai,  

Alexandre Field, architect, Marseille School of architecture 

Victorine Grataloup, Director Triangle – Astérides, visual art, Friche la Belle de mai 

Alexandre Grondeau, urbanist, Aix/Marseille University, 

Elodie Le Breut, Director AMI, music, Friche la belle de mai 

Atlanta Speakers 

Ryan Gravel, urban planner and designer; Founder, Aftercar 

Heather Infantry, arts advocate; Generator  

Sabir Khan, Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Oshun Layne, Executive Director, Dashboard

Camille Love, Executive Director Atlanta Mayor”s Office of Cultural Affairs 

 

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