November 2012


Sustainable Cities Study Tour: New York

The French-American Foundation, in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture, hosted a high-level delegation of five French urban planning and sustainability experts and practitioners for a week-long study tour, from November 26 through November 30, 2012. 
Organized with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the French delegates visited the New York City metropolitan area to meet with their American counterparts and discuss policies and practices promoting sustainable urban planning and infrastructure in U.S. cities, especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Their schedule in New York included meetings with Adrian Benepe, former New York City Parks Commissioner, the Ford Foundation and the Regional Plan Association as well as site visits of Governors Island and the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site that sustained flooding during the recent hurricane. The delegation conducted a day-long tour of Newark, NJ, which had also been hit hard by the hurricane. 
Meetings focused on initiatives to promote access to basic amenities and services (green space, affordable fresh produce and public transportation) in underserved areas. The week will closed with a lunch panel and discussion at the Center for Architecture in New York, moderated by Rick Bell, Executive Director of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects. 
The visiting French delegation included: 

Marie-Hélène Contal, deputy director, French National Institute of Architecture
Catherine Cullen, deputy director for Culture, City of Lille
Sophie Landrin, environment reporter, Le Monde
Nicolas Michelin, director, Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés
Nicholas Taylor, international projects manager, Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés
Jean-Baptiste Cuzin, director, Office of International and Multilateral Affairs, French Ministry of Culture and Communication
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