Created in the 1980s by colleagues involved in research on industrial spaces and their development, the CRIA team then extended its research topics to include a more global examination of the impact of productive transformations, particularly networks, on territories. Urban planning and development gradually became the primary focus, with a particular but not exclusive attention to their reticular dimension.
Today, the team is distinguished by the varied disciplinary backgrounds of its members: urban planning, economics, geography, sociology, architecture, and engineering. This pluri- or inter-disciplinarity is one of its strengths, given the complexity and intertwining of contemporary urban and territorial issues and their translation into urban planning and development.
The team is also notable for the extent of its interaction with public and private actors involved in the production and management of cities and, more generally, of territories.
Teamwork is organized within the thematic “Producing and Managing the City: Actors, Tools and Urban Materialities,” according to four research axes:
- Networks, infrastructures, and territories
- Planning and territorial transformation
- From planning to the production of built space: actors, tools, and practices of urban planning
- Territorial development and planning actions