December 07, 2016

The Quito Papers in the Parisian context

“The Quito Papers” is a research collaboration between Theatrum Mundi, NYU and UN-Habitat, developed in the run-up to the United Nations Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. With funding from the Kaifeng FoundationTheatrum Mundi – based at LSE Cities and New York University – presents “The Quito Papers: towards the open city” film, directed by Dom Bagnato and Cassim Shepard.

Alongside the global series of public screenings and discussions held in Paris, London, Beijing and New York, Theatrum Mundi is organising closed round tables to question urbanists practitioners and scholars on the ideas of “Quito Papers”, what they mean and how they can be interpreted in local contexts. The Parisian discussion was held at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal with the support of the Collèges d’Etudes Mondiales – Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme.

Short 10-minute provocations linking each of the three texts by Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett and Ricky Burdett to the Parisian context launched the discussion and helped the group develop a series of local responses to the “Quito Papers”. This was the first in a series of events debating the Quito Papers in Paris, London, Beijing and New York – with other cities to be announced in early 2017.

15:00 – 15:10  Welcome and Introduction

Adam Kaasa | Theatrum Mundi

Olivier Bouin | Collège d’études mondiales (FMSH)

15:10  Provocation by Andrew Todd | Richard Sennett “The Open City”

15:20  Discussion

15:35  Provocation by Sarah Bastide (TBC) | Saskia Sassen “Who Owns the City”

15:45  Discussion

16:00 Provocation by Philippe Chiambaretta | Ricky Burdett “Contemporary Urbanism”

16:10  Discussion

Chaired by Adam Kaasa


Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology, New York University et London School of Economics; Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, Olivier Bouin, Director, Collège d’études Mondiales – FMSH; Adam Kaasa, Director, Theatrum Mundi; Tom Sugrue, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU; Philippe Chiambaretta, Architect, PCA-STREAM; Andrew Todd, Architect; Sophie Body-Gendrot, Emeritus Professor Sorbonne-Paris IV; Maud Le-Floch, Director of pOlau-pôle des arts urbains; Whitney Duan, Kaifeng Foundation; Dongyu Gan Kaifeng Foundation; Sarah Bastide, Encore Heureux; Jenny Koutsomarkou, URBACT; Jean-Pierre Schaefer, Conseil National des Villes; Mireille Viora, Ministère de l’environnement; Pauline Dumontier, Emmaüs Habitat; Marco Cremasci, Director Master Urban Planning and Design, Urban School, SciencesPo; Odile Mazilu, Responsable du développement chez ALTAREA COGEDIM; John Bingham-Hall, Researcher, Theatrum Mundi; Elisabetta Pietrostefani, Project Coordinator, Theatrum Mundi