Le Moniteur ,
the French magazine on the topic buildings and public works, has organized the
roundtable “Building resilient and sustainable cities” during the conference “Natural
risks and construction”, held on 4 April 2016 in Paris.
Daniel Schertzer, Director of the HM&Co lab and of the Chair “Hydrology for
resilient cities”, has been invited to attend and debate with Cyrille Hanappe
(ENSA Paris Belleville), Philippe Estingoy (Agence Qualité Construction), Martial
Chevreuil (Egis) and Fabien Renou (rédacteur en chef du Moniteur), who was the
The debate highlighted how a major change is ongoing in the construction field and
in the way natural risks are faced. Urban resilience is a concept that has gained
importance in cities planning and adaptation to natural risks: rather than simply
acting against risks the focus is on dealing with risks at different levels: from
the regulation, and architecture, to citizen involvement, and research (e.g. on
complex systems and their modeling). Daniel Schertzer mentioned successful
examples of scientific projects that contributed to enhance urban resilience,
as well as to support the ecological, economic and transition of our society.