userFrench-German Cooperation

Cities and Metropolises in France and Germany

ARL International ARL International
published on 30/01/2023


A French-German working group of the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL) has been working on a comparison of the current situation of cities and metropolises as well as small and medium sized towns in both countries. The results were recently published in the book “Cities and Metropolises in France and Germany”. The book will also soon be available in German and French (www.arl-net.de/de/content/publikationen). In the book, the authors analyse the embeddedness of metropolises and small and medium sized towns in the respective territorial and administrative structures and their importance and effects on settlement structures. In the context of the specific spatial planning systems and their relation to other planning issues, the authors looked at differences and similarities as well as the current challenges France and Germany are facing in spatial and urban development. Together with experts from other European countries, the authors of the book (highlighted in red) will use this online event to discuss and broaden our perspective on converging European spatial and urban development policies.



The online conference takes place  on 14 March 2023 (10:00 to 14:00 CET).

The registration is closed. If you would still like to register, please send an e-mail to international@arl-net.de.

The online conference will be held with Webex.

Participation is free of charge.



10:00                 Welcome (ARL)
Britta Bockhorn   
10:05 Book presentation of the French-German

Christophe Demazière

Comparison of key-findings
Speakers: Patricia Feiertag, Didier Paris
Moderation: Evelyn Gustedt
10:55 Experts' reflection on the book regarding their
country and European issues

Speakers: Maroš Finka (SK), Valeria Fedeli (IT)
Moderation: Franziska Sielker
11:35 Preparation of the interactive lunch break
Britta Bockhorn
11:45 Lunch and networking in breakout rooms
12:10 Introduction to group work
Britta Bockhorn

Group work
What are the planning and cohesion challenges
for urban/ regional development in Europe

Work in breakout rooms

  1. Urban development in times of crises
    Moderation: Ulrike Grabski-Kieron
  2. Sustainable development of settlement structures
    Moderation: François Mancebo 
  3. Mobility demands vs. needs
    Moderation: Laurent Guihery & Julia Jarass
  4. Smart Cities: gains and losses
    Moderation: Franziska Sielker


12:45 Presentation of group work
Moderation: Evelyn Gustedt

Panel discussion
Which policies are appropriate for the
European city today?

Speakers:Mariona Tomás
(University of Barcelona), Véronique Menez
(ANCT), Rob Atkinson (University of the West of England)
Moderation: Jean Peyrony


13:55 Farewell
Evelyn Gustedt, Britta Bockhorn
14:00 End


Find the Program Flyer here (PDF).



For any additional questions or concerns please contact
Dr. Britta Bockhorn at ARL HQ,
+49 511 34 84 2 25