Grand Paris, Metropolitan Governance by Design?


City Profile:

Known throughout the world as the "City of Light," Paris is the most populated city in France. It has a population of  2.2. million inhabitants distributed in the central city, and almost 12 million inhabitants living in its metropolitan area. The city is comprised by 20 arrondissements that absorve one of the highest population density in the developed world, only slightly lower than Manhattan. In the last years, Paris' economy has gradually shifted towards high valueadded service industries and high-tech manufacturing. Furthermore, this city hosts the headquarters of relevant international organizations such as the OECD and UNESCO. 




Nicolas J.A. Buchoud is the president and co-founder of the Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development, a not for profit awarded think tank established in Paris in 2011.

A former Senior advisor to the President of Paris Ile de France region (12 million inhab.) and deputy chief of staff of a city Mayor in the Paris region, he is an active civil society leader and a trusted metropolitan entrepreneur.

The co-inventor of the Metropolitan Compact framework (2017) he has released The Smart Cities We Need Manifest in 2016 and edited over 100 reports, articles, books and papers on local and global urban innovation and change in the past decade.

He is the co-owner of Renaissance Urbaine, a strategic advisory consultancy est. in 2006 and specialized in complex urban ecosystems from Vancouver to Vladivostok.

A member of the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (DASL), he is an expert at the Siberian Institute for Future and the director of the Center for urban research and regional development (CUR) at the federal research Tomsk State University.

He holds a MSc degree in XVIIth Century Chinese History (Paris La Sorbonne), a MSc degree in urban and regional planning (Sciences Po Paris) and he is a graduate from Sciences Po Paris in Public administration. Nicolas J.A. Buchoud has been elected in 2017 as Co-Chair of the U.N. General Assembly of Partners (GAP) Professionals constituent group and as a member of GAP Executive Committee.


Since the turn of the millennium, Paris has become metropolitan. The process culminated in the establishment of a new institution in 2016, the Métropole du Grand Paris. Institutional competition has nevertheless tempered the remarkable rebirth of Paris agglomeration since the turn of the millennium. “Conflicting cooperation” has been a prevailing dominant pattern of the Grand Paris model. Additionally, long-term big investments and the establishment of new institutions are being questioned by digital, social, and environmental changes, which are reshaping the metropolitan landscapes at a rapid pace. Grand Paris, Metropolitan by Design provides a unique insight into one the world’s most epic contemporary metropolitan journey.