Novatech 2016 planning technologies urban water stormwater management FRGBIndex

Water in the city

TWO HIGHLIGHTS WITH internationally renowned speakers

As part of Novatech, we systematically propose some openings:

Opening with prestigious keynote speakers, who provide a different point of view on water in the city;

Opening with the Novatech Trophies, aiming at rewarding urban planning professionals for their examplary operations or agglomeration strategies regarding stormwater management;

Opening towards a complementary audience, for who rainwater is not necessarily central in their projects; ie. urban planners and designers, landscape architects, architects, jurists, the green space services of collectivities, but also users, strategic planners, or professors.

The "water professionals" wish to share a common culture for water in the city, and notably for stormwater, in a context of climate change, urban retrofit, or welfare in the city. Topics include planification, project design, public space management, multi-use space perception, etc.

Tuesday 28 June, from 9:30 to 12:30 - Novatech opening and perspectives on tomorrow's cities

  • Welcome by Elodie Brelot, Director of the Graie, and Eric Maurincomme, Director of the INSA Lyon
  • Conference opening by Jean-Paul Bret, Mayor of the City of Villeurbanne (or his representant); Jean Paul Colin, Vice-President of the Metropolis of Lyon; Laurent Roy, Director of the Rhone-Mediterranean Corsica Water Agency; Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski and Tim Fletcher, Chairmen of the Novatech Scientific Committee.
  • Paola Viganò - Porous cities
    Paola ViganoPaola Viganò is an Italian architect and urbanist, who was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Urbanisme in France in 2013. She combines research, teaching and work in the field: co-founder of the Studio 09 agency with Bernardo Secchi, who coordinated the overall development plans of many European cities, she is also professor of urban theory and urban design at the IUAV University of Venice and the EPFL of Lausanne. She will present the general concept of "porous cities", which emerged as a result of the reflection on the "Grand Paris" and the metropolis of the after-Kyoto, opening perspectives for tomorrow's cities where stormwater management is incorporated.
  • Rob Skinner - Water sensitive cities
    Rob SkinnerProfessor Rob Skinner is Director of Monash University’s Water for Liveability Centre, chair of WaterAid Australia, and also Deputy Chair of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. He chairs the IWA's (International Water Association) "Cities of the future" Working Group. He has held leading positions for metropolitan Melbourne and has served on a number of Boards and government advisory committees responsible for water sector policy and programmes. Professor Skinner will talk about the critical role that water plays in delivering resilient and liveable cities, and how Integrated Water Management (IWM) provides a platform for the integration of urban planning and water systems planning. He will aim at illustrating how there is no one-size-fits-all approach to developing optimum solutions.

Wednesday 29 June, from 17:30 to 18:30 - A contemporary vision of public spaces around water and awarding of Trophies Novatech 2016

  • Stéphane LlorcaStéphane Llorca - Fountain designer (
    JML is a practice specializing in Water Feature Design. The team is responsive, creative and offers high quality engineering design. To date JML has created over 400 hundred Water Features around the world, and some emblematic projects such as Bordeaux's 'water mirror' in France. What synergy can we find between contemporary urban fountains and stormwater management?
  • Awarding of Trophies Novatech by the members of the Jury
    Trophées Novatech 2016The 4 finalists for each of both categories will present their project and strategies on Wednesday morning. The jury will reward the laureate of each category, ie.:
    - Urban retrofit: public space operation, architecture project, district or urban planning zone
    - Urban design & strategy: planning and agglomeration or watershed strategy