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Descartes défie demain

The development of sustainable cities needs to rely on networking between R&D, academics and companies. That’s why, at the Cité Descartes, located in Paris area, merged a unique network, D-Cube Paris, fuelled with R&D centres, high level training pole, innovation and urban demonstrators.

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September, 6 2016

The Grand Paris Express

The Grand Paris is a development project for the whole Paris metropolitan area. It is designed to improve residents’ quality of life, address regional inequalities and build a sustainable city. The Grand Paris aims to be the city of the future: sustainable, creative and solidarity-based. It will make the Île-de-France an attractive 21st century metropolis. The project is supported by the State and the Ile-de-France – a region of 12 million inhabitants that accounts for almost a third of French GDP – and provides a splendid opportunity to involve all city stakeholders including developers, transport operators, public and private investors,…

July, 12 2016

Fablab Descartes

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D-Cube Paris in key figures

350 Companies
16 000 Students
34 Research units
25% 25% of French R&D to sustainable cities

Focus : Le Bienvenüe, Headquarter of Ifsttar

Cité Descartes

IFSTTAR (Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l’aménagement et des réseaux – French Institute for the science and technology of transport, development and networks) has established its headquarters in the Bienvenüe building in the centre of Cité Descartes.

Established as a result of the merger in January 2011 between INRETS (Institut national de recherche sur les transports et la sécurité – National Institute for Transport and Safety) and LCPC (Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées – Central laboratory for bridges and roads), this public scientific and technological institute is the largest European transport research and development centre. Hélène Jacquot-Gimbal has been its director since its inception.

1,200 researchers, students, PhD students, technicians, engineers, in cooperation with grandes écoles graduate schools, prestigious laboratories and big names in transport and civil engineering, carry out research and design work on future infrastructures, vehicles and services. These multidisciplinary teams come from the fields of science and engineering as well as sociology and economics, to provide an understanding of the interactions between cities and transport systems.

(Source : Epamarne)