◀︎  Lectures

What place should the city give to care?

Co-organized with Le Monde Cities

Lecture on April 5, 2022

The link between health and the city is an old one. The city was built as a bulwark first against enemies from outside and against a hostile nature... but also against enemies from within, famines and epidemics. Leprosy, cholera, smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, typhoid, plague, tuberculosis are all infections that have shaped the urbanism and architecture of cities. And against which the powers that be tried to fight, with varying degrees of success.

The evolution of the healthcare system, including its territorial and architectural dimensions, notably with the transformation of hospital practices and the related issue of accessibility to facilities, has strongly marked the history of this link between city and health. As the philosopher Cynthia Fleury and the architect Eric de Thoisy explain, architecture and health care are "consubstantial, supporting each other": architecture transforms health care and health care transforms architecture. The state of health of a population does not depend, however, only on the quality of the care system that is offered, but also on the urbanization and the associated living conditions.

6:30 p.m. - Care, places and architectures that support us 
Cynthia Fleury, philosopher and psychoanalyst
Eric de Thoisy, doctor of architecture, director of research for the SCAU architectural collective

6:45 p.m. - Architecture that heals or makes you sick 
Nicolas Castoldi, deputy director of the APHP
Fany Cérèse, architect, associate of the Atelier Architecture Humaine

p.m. - The stakes of the "seniorization" of society
Serge Guérin, sociologist

7:25 p.m. - Metabolism, the city of care 
Chris Younes, psychosociologist, philosopher, professor at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture
Michel Lussault, geographer, director of the Urban School of Lyon.

7:45 p.m. - An awareness not without flaws 
Georges Vigarello, historian, director of studies at the Ehess

Conference moderated by the editorial staff of the newspaper Le Monde Cities
Emmanuel Davidenkoff and Laetitia Van Eeckhout

As part of the exhibition Providing support. City, architecture and care.
inaugurated following the conference 
Pavillon de l'Arsenal - 21, bld Morland, Paris 4


Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Conference: What place should the city give to care?

The same day at 8 p.m.
Opening of the exhibition: Providing support. City, architecture and care.

Co-organized with