The leading international specialists in the Tunnelling and Underground Space field will meet up on the occasion of the AFTES Congress

The 15th International Congress of the French Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (AFTES) will be held in Paris in 2 places in the capital: from 13 to 15 November at the Palais des Congrès (Porte Maillot) and on 16 November at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Trocadéro). This important triennial meeting is organised by AFTES in partnership with the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA). More than ever with an international outlook, the AFTES 2017 Congress will honour Singapore and will host the ITA Tunnelling Awards 2017.

  • “Underground space, our wealth” – 13 to 15 Nov. 2017 – Palais des Congrès (Porte Maillot)

The theme around which the Congress will focus, will highlight the below-ground potential for living spaces, in particular in the development of cities. During the first three days, the leading international specialists involved in creating powerful and innovative structures for major road and rail links, technical tunnels and underground space will come together: Contracting Authorities, Developers, Engineers, Architects, Planners, Local Authorities, Public Establishments, Major Construction Companies, Builders and Suppliers. All disciplines will be represented.

The highlights:

  1. A large international trade fair: almost 130 exhibitors concentrated in a space of 7,500 m², will allow you to discover the latest technological innovations and new projects in the sector. This window will boost exchanges and meetings between experts.
  2. Technical conferences: the ambition of the Congress is to bring together the most recent national and international contributions, from all the occupations involved in the development of underground space. They will focus on optimisation and innovation in projects starting with their design and in constructing and equipping them, to ensure optimal operation of the underground structures themselves as well as the services and businesses that they host.
  3. Visits: a program of technical visits to different sites will be also offered mainly of the construction sites of the Grand Paris project.
  4. The ITA Tunnelling Awards 2017: alongside the Congress, an exceptional event will be held. After Switzerland and Singapore, the 3rd edition of the ITA Tunnelling Awards, organised by the ITA (International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association) will take place on Wednesday 15 November with a presentation of the projects and the award of the prizes. This competition has today become a global benchmark in the field of underground structures.
  • “Building the Future” – 16 Nov. 2017 – Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (Trocadéro)

The fourth day will be devoted to underground urban planning and to the architecture of below ground structures around the theme of “Building the Future”. Given the high pressure on land exerted by the very strong growth of urbanisation and the need for a more energy efficient city, space below ground space offers a huge potential for expansion. Underground spaces provide new areas for infrastructure, services and networks as well as for economic, cultural and leisure activities.

The highlights:

Morning: Conference 1 “From the underground architectural object to urban planning, between the ground and underground”. It will present real-life cases in France and around the world putting in context use of the underground space in a systemic approach at different scales.

Afternoon: Conference 2 “Urban strategies, comparison between Grand Paris and Singapore”. It will initiate thinking at the scale of the city of tomorrow by considering the urbanisation of Singapore, a new, very dense city whose development is constrained by its small territory and the development of the Grand Paris, with its historic heart whose underground space has been gradually filled.

A Round Table discussion on underground urbanisation will be used, on the basis of the directions taken by the leaders of the two cities – Paris and Singapore – to focus developers on the need to properly plan the use of underground space in developing the cities of tomorrow.

To conclude the day, the testimony of a renowned architect: Dominique Perrault will speak to provide the artistic complement that is essential to ensure that underground structures are integrated into their environment.

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