Inventing Grand Paris (IGP) is a collective of researchers from several fields that use history to understand the processes and challenges of building the metropolitan area. It brings together specialists in the history of urban and urban development, architecture, as well as urban history, territorial governance or urban metabolism. This collective intends to combine and compare viewpoints and corpuses of various sources (including plans, maps and archives). Going even further, by crossing these sources, it endeavours to get closer to the ideal goal of establishing a historical interdisciplinarity of Grand Paris.
In order to situate the history of Grand Paris in an international and comparative perspective, Inventing Grand Paris also has a scientific committee that assists in preparing symposia, publishing proceedings (notably through evaluation processes) and organising seminars and conferences.
Bringing together 11 researchers from six research labs in the Île-de-France Region, Inventing Grand Paris became a Transversal Group of the LabEx “Urban Futures” (University of Paris-Est) in 2018, and as such, received government funding via the National Research Agency (ANR) as an “Investments for the Future” Programme.