#BuildingBeyond: in the melting pot of tomorrow’s cities

By Matthieu Lerondeau

Directeur de la communication et des communautés - Leonard

At the inauguration of Leonard:Paris, VINCI’s new open lab for the future of cities and the infrastructure based in Paris, we dove deep into the future. Over a period of six weeks, Leonard brought together entrepreneurs, artists, architects, engineers, elected officials, philosophers and many more. To keep the flame alive, here’s a glimpse at a selection of 53 inspiring challenges, ideas, projects, startups and films discussed during the festival.

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It is the story of an open festival inviting people to discuss and imagine together the future of cities and the infrastructure mixing skills and views about the major transformations under way in construction, mobility and energy. An invitation sent by Leonard, La Fabrique de la Cité, the VINCI-ParisTech Eco-Design Chair and the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité to celebrate the opening of this new lab focused on the future of cities and the infrastructure. You were more than 1,600 professionals, enthusiasts and curious to attend those 25 events for 6 breathless weeks, and discover the new venue. To keep the flame alive, and before coming back for new events scheduled, here’s a glimpse at a selection of 53 inspiring challenges, ideas, projects, startups and films discussed during the festival.

Many of them had never met before. Some were only passing through. While others stuck around for a while. There were project managers, either collaborators with Vinci or other business outside of the group. True to the project’s “accelerator” principle, their ideas grew here, spreading like an infectious bug. With passion and modesty in equal measures, their ideas are building in strength, audacity and clarity, and are beneficial to the whole of Leonard’s community, which is a hub of shared inspiration. The city of the future is at a crossroads of possibilities, be they economic, technologic, sociologic, demographic, artistic or political… Neither person contributing towards creating this city claims to have outlined the ideal plan. But the range of ideas shared during the Building Beyond festival certainly make this city diverse and exciting. This diversity is the fruit of original thinking, new concepts, bold initiatives and spirited inspirations which set Leonard’s heart racing. So let’s turn the spotlight on our 53 festival highlights.

#BuildingBeyond: 5 challenges for cities to undertake
#BuildingBeyond: 10 inspirational quotes to rethink the urban future 
#BuildingBeyond: 8 concepts outlining tomorrow’s city
#BuildingBeyond: 8 technologies investing in the city
#BuildingBeyond: 12 startups transforming housing and the construction industry
#BuildingBeyond: 10 films for a new perspective on city

What do we do?

The VINCI Group created Leonard to tackle the challenges posed by the transformation of regions and lifestyles. Our goal is to unite a community of key stakeholders in order to build the city of the future together.