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[Regional Conference] Sustainable Mediterranean Cities of Tomorrow: Innovative Urban Projects and New Business Models

  • Starts: Nov 05, 2015
  • Ends: Nov 06, 2015
  • Location: Villa Méditerranée in Marseille and SERM urban authority in Montpellier
  • By: Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, EPA Euroméditerranée (EPAEM)
  • Network of Mediterranean Sustainable Urban Developers: 4th Annual Conference



    Lead Organization(s)

    • Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
    • EPA Euroméditerranée (EPAEM)




    Co-organizing & hosting the event:

    • OCEMO (in the context of the Mediterranean Economic Week)
    • SERM : Montpellier metropolis urban authorities

    And, in the framework of SUD-Med programme:

    • European Investment Bank
    • French Agency for Development
    • Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean
    • Center for Mediterranean Integration




    « Sustainable cities », « Smart cities », « Intelligent cities ». These terms convey a profound upheaval in economic and financial approaches to urban development and a fundamental change in the way in which urban projects need to be implemented. The fourth annual conference of the Mediterranean Developers Network sets out to explore these new trends in developing united, attractive and desirable cities.


    Urban project mechanisms are moving towards more partnership-based and collaborative approaches which are regularly adapted, include high levels of complexity, and increasingly put users at the centre. At the same time open data and digital smart cities make it increasingly important to build balanced governance schemes for the design of urban spaces and infrastructure, taking into account their uses and associated information technology.


    The Mediterranean Developers Network (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Euroméditerranée) brings together a community of professionals and urban project leaders from all around the Mediterranean, and international and multilateral financial institutions, to focus on specific and pre-operational topics for the coordination and management of major urban projects. It is open to anyone involved in urban development who is interested in the latest changes to the operational and financial engineering of sustainable urban projects.





    Following the past two editions, the annual meeting of the network focused on “Building the sustainable Mediterranean cities of tomorrow: Innovative urban projects and new business models” and objectives consisted of:


    • Bringing together professionals and financial institutions, stakeholders/leaders of urban development on the 3 rims of Mediterranean
    • Transfering and sharing expertise on concrete, operational issues of the management & the implementation of urban projects on the topic of “smart urban planning practices and innovative business models for the implementation of urban projects in the Mediterranean”
    • Identifying key factors for success and leverage to create real & sustainable economic and urban value in Mediterranean urban places.



    Day 1: Villa Méditerranée, Marseille

    • Smart city planning practices & new urban ecosystems in the Mediterranean cities: enlarging the scope of urban planning. Opening roundtable
    • Demonstrate! Interacting & co-building urban pilot projects & innovative districts: from concept to action. Workshop #1
    • User centric initiatives, interactive projects & collaborative practices for desired urban places. Workshop #2


    Day 2: SERM urban authority, Montpellier

    • How to finance strategic urban infrastructure? Mediterranean urban labs. Workshop #3
    • “De Montpellier à la mer”, a Mediterranean, pilot eco-city project. Field visit.