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Are "nature-cities" a utopia?

Are “nature-cities” a utopia? Today’s cities, large and small alike, are all striving to reinvent nature’s role within conurbations. Citizens, decision-makers, urban planners: everyone is aware that nature not only represents one of the keys factors in the century’s major climatic and demographic issues, but also a powerful lever for a city’s attractiveness. From London to Singapore, Paris to Madrid, whether in the heart of the urban forest or atop farmscrapers, here we focus on a sample of cities that strive to “live green”, in the company of experts who are already sowing the seeds of the future.

What is the "The Living Cities magazine" collection?

Through our “Living Cities magazine” collection, we aim to offer you a purposefully open approach to cities. We invite you to choose what inspires you from among the ideas, experiences, observations, and meetings that we tackle in each issue.

We will be giving the floor to all kinds of expertise on cities. Reading the pages of this magazine, you will find everything that makes cities what they are.

Each issue will have a main theme that we approach through a variety of angles and formats. We want everyone to think about, discuss, and thoroughly examine the perpetually moving entities that cities are; entities that build us as much as we build them.

Welcome to the first issue.

RATP Group is convinced that bringing nature back to the hearts of neighbourhoods will drive progress for everyone.

To become attractive again, cities have to continue to be liveable and sustainable.

Catherine Guillouard
Group Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer
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Learn about urban biodiversity

Learn about urban biodiversity

Nathalie Machon, Professor of Ecology at France’s National Museum of Natural History, gives us a not-to-be-missed interview:

Reduce noise in the city

Reduce noise in the city

Gordon Hempton, bioacousticien et cofondateur de Quiet Parks International nous livre une interview inédite :

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Pavers and plants

Pavers and plants

While the presence of nature in cities is not a new phenomenon, our expectations with regard to it and our ways of living alongside it have evolved over the centuries. How can these transformations shine a light on the current trend towards more greenery? This is the very question we put to Émilie-Anne Pépy and Charles-François Mathis, authors of “La Ville végétale“, Une histoire de la nature en milieu urbain (France, xvii e -xxi e siècle) (Green Cities: A History of Nature in Urban Environments, 17th–21st century France).

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Dreaming cities

Symbiosis and flight

Symbiosis and flight

Here and there, surprising architectural works stand out, where greenery is clearly to the fore, and where wood at last gets the upper hand over concrete. As if cities were becoming more biomimetic, symbiotic… and enjoyable? Will we end up growing gardens right on our building façades? Go up in the cable car to contemplate cities from above. Vincent Callebaut and Côme Berbain provide us with valuable insights on these topics:


Urban forests and wild spaces

Urban forests and wild spaces

From up here, the urban forests take on a whole new dimension: the gardeners moving about in their seemingly wild shared spaces look minuscule.
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