Paris and New York have historically been touted for their imaginative yet practical use of urban space. But the 21st century presents new challenges for these cities. On April 28 and 29 (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.), New York University’s Institute of French Studies will host a conference, “Refashioning Urban Spaces in Paris and New York for the 21st Century,” addressing these and other issues. Co-sponsored with Fordham University’s Urban Studies Program and NYU’s La Maison Française, the event will be held at La Maison Française (16 Washington Mews at University Place, below E. 8th St.). The conference features NYU Urban Sociologist Richard Sennett, David Harvey, a historian at CUNY’s Graduate Center, and Thierry Paquot of Université de Paris XII. For a complete schedule of sessions and speakers, go to:

The event is free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.8750 for more information.

Reporters interested in attending should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

  • WHAT: Refashioning Urban Spaces in Paris and New York for the 21st Century
  • WHEN: Fri., April 28 & Sat., April 29, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • WHERE: La Maison Française of New York University, 16 Washington Mews (at University Place, below E. 8th St.) [Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R, W (8th Street)]

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