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Center for Civic Engagement

A new branch of the Mayor’s Office that facilitates grassroots social innovation, inspired by the innate and adaptive immune systems.

Fast Trash

A pre-sorting pneumatic waste system, visible at strategic locations along the Seine, inspired by the human digestive system. 


An online platform to facilitate offline, bidirectional mentoring between youth (13-26) and Third Age adults (50-70), inspired by evolutionary arguments for intergenerational partnerships.

Harnessing the Seine

Hydroelectric kinetic turbines on the bed of the Seine that generate electricity for the subway system, inspired by the ATP synthase enzyme.


An online platform to facilitate the sharing of private spaces for community use, inspired by ion transport across cell membranes.

Paris Without Cars

Dynamic bike lanes that adapt to changing traffic patterns, inspired by veins and capillaries.

Parisian Projections

A weeklong cultural festival in which interviews with everyday Parisians are projected onto buildings, monuments, and infrastructure, inspired by endocrine signaling.

Petite Ceinture 2.0

The conversion of an abandoned railway into a bikeway lined with community gardens, sporting activities, and neighborhood-specific social programming, inspired by angiogenesis, the creation of new blood vessels.


A multi-sensorial public history program commemorating the May 1968 student protests, inspired by neural networks.

Rethink Green

An educational curriculum and public festival focused on making art with recycled materials, inspired by the Central Dogma. 

Salad Bowls Sur Seine

A network of hydroponic islands with phytoremediative plants that purify the Seine, inspired by the nephrons and tubules of the kidney.

Themed Subway Cars

A program to thematize subway cars and foster interaction between commuters, inspired by vesicle transport.