From October 29th to November 12th, 2021

Themed fortnight 03Cities

Our societies are increasingly more urban and raise environmental, social, cultural, economic, and resilience issues. But cities are also a lever to acheive the ecological transition and to support the transformations of transports and mobility.

Challenges of the Cities themed fortnight

In 2030, 60% of the global population will live in cities. This fast urbanization raises environmental, social, cultural, economic, and resilience issues. But cities are also a lever to acheive the ecological transition, to support the transformations of transports and mobility, and to preserve public services.

Technical innovations and the efficient use of raw materials allow us to ensure a greater infrastructure resilience and adaptibility to imagine tomorrow's city and the tomorrow's citizen life.

Event programming on the France Pavilion

Lightspeed Inspiration Day #1: Rethink sustainability - November 3rd, 2021

The 21st century will be urban. The migratory movements from the countryside to the city observed in Europe, during the 19th century, affect today all regions throughout the world. Everywhere, the city grows and sprawls out. This tremendous urban growth, sustained both by the drift from the land and population growth, will keep speeding up. According to the United Nations, this acceleration will accommodate 2 billion additional inhabitants by 2050. In 2030, 60% of the world population will live in cities. 

The French approach to the sustainable and smart city is to place governance, inclusiveness, and connectivity at the heart of its construction. Cities have a key role to play in the ecological transition, which is why the France Pavilion will be highlighting projects and territories that contribute to the virtuous evolution of cities, their urban planning, and their architecture. 

Lightspeed Inspiration Day #2: Rethinking mobility - November 6th, 2021

The Cité du Design disseminates design culture, stimulates curiosity about the contemporary world and promotes experimentation for all, from the most specialized to the most novice. Since 2010, Saint-Etienne has been a member of the UNESCO network of creative Design cities and has thus become the first - and still the only - French city in the field of Design to be a member of this network.  

The Cité du Design is piloting an experimental project on the mobility of the future with several UNESCO cities - Detroit, USA; Graz, Austria; Courtrai, Belgium; Puebla, Mexico; Nagoya, Japan; Geelong, Australia and Turin, Italy. How can we reconcile a deeply rooted culture of mobility with new existential aspirations? How does the automobile object become an object of witness to our desires and our difficulties in making a change? How do designers deal with this situation? Between the economical vehicle and the autonomous vehicle, between the radical end of the personal vehicle and the many new forms of collective mobility: what to choose? What are the social, political, technical, and environmental impacts of each of these choices? Beyond that: should we reform production systems, infrastructures and ultimately the automobile? On this Lightspeed Inspiration Day, the France Pavilion and Cité du Design will address these questions by showcasing the work of artists, institutions and companies that question our habits and help us rethink our mobility culture. 

IGIENAIR, Sponsor of the Thematic fortnight dedicated to the City

As an expert international group in the field of indoor air quality, IGIENAIR enables its clients to create healthier interior environments. In 2017, IGIENAIR invested in its Research & Innovation affiliate ZAACK, whose smart sensors have the ability to constantly monitor air quality. Predictive maintenance is essential for building management, and air quality is one of the key aspects to be taken into consideration in terms of occupant health.

IGIENAIR is the Thematic sponsor for the France Pavilion's fortnight dedicated to Cities.

© Adèle Esquoy

The thematic of Cities seen by the students of the Ecole des Gobelins

The France Pavilion has collaborated with the students of the Bachelor Graphic Motion Designer Apprenticeship (GMDA) of the Gobelins School of the Image. Their artworks allow us to promote the major issues of the Cities thematic to the international audience of the Exhibition.

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The thematic of Cities seen by the students of the Ecole des Gobelins

The France Pavilion has collaborated with the students of the Bachelor Graphic Motion Designer Apprenticeship (GMDA) of the Gobelins School of the Image. Their artworks allow us to promote the major issues of the Cities thematic to the international audience of the Exhibition.

The thematic of Cities seen by Adèle ESQUOY

The thematic of Cities seen by Pauline CHAN HSUEI YEN

Discover French innovative companies

In partnership with Business France, the France Pavilion highlights some solutions developped by French companies regarding Cities. 

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Discover French innovative companies

In partnership with Business France, the France Pavilion highlights some solutions developped by French companies regarding Cities. 

ADEUNIS

Eiffage

ENVEA

France Water Team

Poma

Citeo

Experts’ Views: Urban Logistics

As part of the think of the France Pavilion think-tank, the "Urban Logistics" group met at several occasions to discuss economic and social challenges of urban logistics, highlighting French best practices and innovations. Participants collected and shared most disruptive, ambitious & concrete ideas and projects to promote most successful urban logistics solutions developed in France. 

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Urban Logistics

Urban Logistics' stakes

Urban Logistics is the management of the flow of physical objects, information, infrastructures and their associated impacts for the purpose of conveying, storing, returning or evacuating merchandise to or from communities, companies, shops and homes located in a dense urban area.

In addition to seamlessly supplying cities with resources, Urban Logistics must successfully preserve the attractiveness of the city, the vibrancy of its economic fabric and its interconnection with the surrounding area, all while actively contributing to the quality of urban life (noise, air quality, aesthetics). What are the goals pursued by Urban Logistics? What is the vision of the future for Urban Logistics? Which lessons learnt from the French model?

This white paper is the result of a collective work. 

The Group Work “Designing the sustainable city’s and regions of tomorrow by promoting robust infrastructure”

The work group met at several occasions to discuss economic and social challenges of urban logistics, highlighting French best practices and innovations. Participants collected and shared most disruptive, ambitious & concrete ideas and projects to promote most successful urban logistics solutions developed in France.  

" Urban logistics mission is be to “give the city back to the people” while serving their evolving consumer practices. "

Marie-Christine Lombard
Chairman of the GEODIS Executive Board

Key findings from the Group Work

Drawing on the quality of its infrastructure and the know-how of its experts, France is on the cutting edge of Urban Logistics. Effective multimodal infrastructures at the heart of Europe, high environmental ambitions, longstanding collaboration between the private and public sectors… This environment paved the way for the emergence of strong players in the sector, which have now become world leaders in logistics. French experience has shown that each city is unique, but that solutions can nevertheless be replicated once they have been adapted? 

" Drawing on the quality of its infrastructure and the know-how of its experts, France is on the cutting edge of Urban Logistics. "

Marie-Christine LOMBARD
Chairman of the GEODIS Executive Board

Urban Logistics in figures

€200 billion

In France, the logistics sector – in the broadest sense of the term – generates nearly €200 billion in revenue or 9% of GDP.

150,000 direct jobs

In France, urban logistic generates somewhere in the neighbourhood of at least 150,000 direct jobs in transportation.

Contributors 

This book is the result of a collective work chaired by Marie-Christine LOMBARD, Chairman of the GEODIS Executive Board, and led by Oliver Wyman.

We would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their contribution:

  • Philippe de Carné, EVP, B. Dev., Innovation & Business Excellence, Geodis
  • Virginie Guérin, SVP, CEO Chief of Staff & Public Affairs, Géodis
  • Jean Claude Sonet, EVP, Marketing, Com. CSR, La Poste / GeoPost
  •  Frédéric Delaval, Chairman - Urby, La Poste / GeoPost 
  • Guy-Pierre Sachot, Head of Urban Logistics Deployment - France, La Poste / GeoPost  
  • Benoit Juster, Executive Director, Semmaris 
  • Marie Le Verne, Head of Pub. Aff. Marketing and CSR, Sogaris  
  • Jean-Serge Boissavit, Head of Development, Vinci Construction 
  • Alain Joyeux, Head of Logistics - Alliance RNM, Renault 
  • Pierre-Yves Escarpit, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Cdiscount 
  • Louis Hénaux, to represent Dominique Perrault Architectes 
  • Pascal Brostin, Head of Ports, Airports and Logistics, Systra 
  • Yannick Foll, Head of Ports, Airports and Logistics, Systra 
  • Eric Ballot, Head of the Centre for Management Science and Professor, Production Systems and Logistics, Mines Paris Tech 
  • Gilles Roucolle, Europe Co-Head, Transport & Infrastructure global head, Oliver Wyman 
  • Mehdi El Alami, Partner Logistics & Supply Chain, Oliver Wyman
Carnet de Dubaï | Urban Logistics (PDF, 774.1 Ko)

Experts’ Views: Artificial Intelligence

The "Artificial Intelligence" working group brought together companies, public research organizations, ministries and French universities that are passionate and committed to artificial intelligence. Starting with concrete applications, the group focused on describing the current and future impact of AI developed by France and its talent in key sectors such as health, mobility, energy, defense, security and financial services.

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Artificial Intelligence

The "Artificial Intelligence" working group brought together companies, public research organizations, ministries and French universities that are passionate and committed to artificial intelligence. Starting with concrete applications, the group focused on describing the current and future impact of AI developed by France and its talent in key sectors such as health, mobility, energy, defense, security and financial services.

Conclusions of the working group

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has deeply changed our lifestyles, forcing us to adapt our social interactions and increasing the use of digital channels. The technological acceleration linked to these changes is leading to a very strong growth of digital in all sectors. Organizations and governments have taken the full measure of the strategic importance of digital technology and Artificial Intelligence, which has led them to invest more and more sustainably in these areas. 

In this context, the Dubai World Expo 2020 is once again an opportunity for France to showcase its leadership in AI through its schools, its research, its ever-increasing number of startups and its leading companies in the main industries at the heart of societal and human development.

Through its Carnet de Dubai, the AI working group wanted to reflect France's potential in AI. The result is that France has an explainable, transparent and ethical Artificial Intelligence, capable of adapting and serving the major challenges of our society. 

" France and the rest of Europe have all the means at their disposal to establish themselves as leaders in this field, by building on their strong entrepreneurial dynamic and on a unique public-private collaborative model that brings together business, startups, research and teaching institutes, and government. "

Eric Labaye
President of Ecole polytechnique de Paris and Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Contributors

  • Eric Labaye, President of Ecole polytechnique de Paris and Institut Polytechnique de Paris
  • Anne Lange, Entrepreneur, Sponsor of the Think Tank « Connecter les esprits », Adara Partners 
  • Erik Linquier, President of COFREX, France Expo Dubai 2020
  • Raphaël Alomar, International cooperation on Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Renaud Vedel, National coordinator for Artificial Intelligence, Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Emmanuel Bacry, member of Pr[AI]rie and Scientific Director of Health Data Hub 
  • Olivier Clatz, Ministry of Health and Solidarity    
  • Emmanuel Chiva, Director of Agence de l’innovation de Défense            
  • Michaël Krajecki, AI project Director, Agence Innovation Défense        
  • Christophe Perignon, Professor of Finance and Director of Research, HEC Paris
  • Bruno Sportisse, Chairman and CEO, Inria
  • Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of CNRS 
  • Christelle Bourdeu, Head of AI platforms, Airbus        
  • Frederic Sutter, Head of Skywise, Airbus    
  • Romain Melet, Artificial Intelligence Program Manager and Manager Data Enterprise Architecture, Air France    
  • Marcin Detyniecki, Group Chief Data Scientist and Global Head of R&D, AXA Group 
  • Gérard Guinamand, Group Chief Data Officer Engie     
  • Fayçal Boujemaa, Technology Strategist/Orange TGI, Orange    
  • Gilles Colas des Francs, Director of Artificial Intelligence Transformation Factory Michelin
  • Marko Erman, SVP, Chief Scientific Officer, Thalès
Carnet de Dubaï | Artificial Intelligence (PDF, 2.3 Mo)
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