Paris-Atlanta : Grand Plans, Everyday Life

When: December 4, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium, Georgia Tech College of Architecture (247 Fourth St. NW, Atlanta GA, 30332-0155).

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The Georgia Tech College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, in cooperation with the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, and with the support of the European Union Center of Excellence at Georgia Tech, Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and Perkins + Will, hosts a symposium and exhibition on Le Grand Paris and the Atlanta BeltLine — two potentially transformative projects that promise to change the way the two cities are conceived, perceived, and lived.

The symposium brings together French and American politicians, academics, professionals, and community members for a careful look at both the projects and the issues they raise — for the design, planning, and governance of cities; for the professions usually associated with these tasks; and for the current and future inhabitants of the two cities.

Each exemplifies the tension between grand plans and everyday life, between regional, local, and infrastructural scales, between territorial strategies and site-specific projects, between democratic desire and technocratic impulse, between political vision and the collective imagination.

Given their extended time frames and diverse constituencies, the symposium offers an opportune moment to parse the multiple discourses — professional, political, civic — that inform them in the hope of both illuminating, and contributing to, the processes that will determine their ultimate configurations.


08h00 Exhibition opens. COA Atrium
08h30 Coffee. Auditorium Lobby
09h00 Symposium opens. COA Auditorium
09h05 Welcome. Alan Balfour. Dean, College of Architecture
09h15 Welcome. Carole Scipion. Cultural Attaché, Consulate General of France
09h25 Overview of Symposium Theme: Grand Plans Everyday Life. Sabir Khan, Associate Dean, College of Architecture
09h45 Monique Yaari. Associate Professor, Penn State, French and Francophone Studies
10h15 Pierre Mansat. Deputy Mayor Paris, President, l’Atelier International Le Grand Paris
10h45 Frédéric Gilli. Chaire Ville Sciences Po, Paris
11h15 David Mangin. Seura Architects, Professor l’Ecole des Ponts & Chaussées

11h45 Break

11h55 Panel Discussion with Yaari, Mansat, Gilli, Mangin. Moderated by Laetitia Dablanc, INRETS, The French National Institute for Transport Research and Safety, and Visiting Scholar, CQGRD, Ga Tech
12h55 End morning session

13h00 Lunch

14h05 Welcome back.
14h15 Brian Leary. CEO, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
14h30 Albert Churella. Associate Professor, Southern Polytechnic State University, Social and International Studies
15h00 Ryan Gravel. Perkins + Will
15h30 Angel Poventud. Beltline Volunteer

16h00 Break

16h15 Panel Discussion with Churella, Gravel, Poventud, Mike Dobbins, Ga Tech, CRP, Joyce Sheperd, Atlanta City Council Member, District 12, Fred Yalouris, Design Director, Atlanta BeltLine Inc. Moderated by Jennifer Clark, Assistant Professor, Ga Tech, Public Policy
17h15 Closing Remarks. Joan Busquets. Bucksbaum Professor in Practice, Urban Planning and Design, GSD, Harvard University; Principal BAU B-Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Barcelona

18h00 Symposium ends. 18h05 Reception. COA Atrium

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