Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  1. Ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums.

  2. Provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all.

  3. Enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning.

  4. Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

  5. Significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters.

  6. Reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.

  7. Provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces.

  8. Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning

  9. Substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, [and] resilience to disasters.

  10. Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials



A system of pedestrian-friendly green corridors, built over unused road space, that connect the green spaces of Paris, inspired by the brain's neural network.


A mobile and autonomous hygiene module available to migrants, refugees, and homeless people free of charge, inspired by the role of white blood cells in the immune system.

Center for Civic Engagement

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


A compact planter system to retrofit historic Parisian chimneys and increase biodiversity, inspired by brush border cells.

Compétition Divercité

An annual innovation competition in which teams of high school students from across Paris collaborate to solve the city's most pressing problems, inspired by the symbiotic relationship between red ants and acacia trees.


An ecological sister school program pairing students of different socioeconomic backgrounds, inspired by DNA repair mechanisms. 


Low-cost and eco-friendly public toilets that provide a gender-equitable solution to the problem of public urination in Paris, inspired by the lysosomes in our cells.

Fast Trash

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


A network of publicly accessible refrigerators and pantries into which Parisians can place excess fresh food that they do not plan to consume, inspired by the way carbon dioxide travels from the cells to the lungs.

Les Galeries du Métro

A curatorial program in which Parisian museums "adopt" subway stations in the greater Paris region and choose artists-in-residence to decorate subway platforms, corridors, and entrances.


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.

Green Coin

An alternative "green currency" that rewards users for performing environmentally friendly actions, inspired by the kidney's ability to reclaim and reuse waste.


A whimsical approach to urban greening using moss art on building facades and billboards, inspired by the process of pufferfish nest construction.


A public health campaign for the subway pairing crowdsourced educational posters with innovative hygiene measures, inspired by hormone signaling.

Jardin Ouvert

A network of green walls and open planter beds lining the Seine that mitigate urban heat island effect and provide a sustainable alternative to love locks, inspired by microbiome therapy.

Joie de Vivre

A pop-up playground that facilitates child-directed play using upcycled materials, inspired by the mutualistic relationship between glucose and lactate.


A wind-powered technological art tree that strengthens social cohesion in new communities, inspired by the scaffold proteins that facilitate molecular interactions.

Ma DécouVerte

An interactive app-based excursion designed for children and families to explore biodiversity in Paris, inspired by the protein channels in the cell membrane.

Maison des Saisons

A facility that operates as a homeless shelter in the winter and a youth hostel in the summer, operated by formerly homeless youth, inspired by the diurnal processes of CAM plants. 


A mobile service-learning game that uses GPS data to document the accessibility of Parisian sidewalks, inspired by the inflammatory immune response.


An app that rewards users for their distance travelled on public transportation, inspired by the role of pheromones in ant colonies.

Mini Clinique

A medical kiosk that performs basic clinical metrics and virtually connects patients to doctors through teleconsultation, inspired by the lymphatic system.


An energy efficiency program that captures excess heat from the subway to offset utility costs in low-income housing, inspired by electron transport chains in cells.


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


A funeral service that increases accessibility to alternative burial practices for Parisians, inspired by the mycorrhizal network that connects plants and fungi.

Paris Hero

An annual Civic Olympics and smartphone application that gamifies and popularizes volunteering, inspired by the human nervous system.

Paris Without Cars

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

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 vending machine that sells excess supermarket produce at discounted prices, inspired by the symbiotic relationship between plants and nitrogen-fixing bacteria.


Portes de Paris

Locally-led walking tours based at the former gates of Paris that educate visitors through augmented reality, inspired by the diversity of tropical ecosystems.

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.


A program to deploy green walls in subway stations, inspired by the human lymphatic network.


A smart bench that reduces the digital divide by giving users access to job postings and other resources, inspired by synapses in the brain.