The place to explore the city of tomorrow

Located in the heart of the agency, the Stream Innovation Center welcomes the community of urban specialists. Here, disciplines cross paths: arts, sciences, and society. We cultivate new methods, imagination, and knowledge. We share and disseminate through debates, conferences, screenings...

There are six axes for exploring urban issues:
— the architectural transition: bioclimatic design, low-carbon construction, and knowledge of materials
living systems encompass research on biodiversity, the experience of nature, and nature-based solutions
new Imaginaries is concerned with new forms of narrative and representation, particularly to accompany the emergence of a new post-Anthropocene aesthetic
new uses explore ways of living, working, producing, learning, exchanging, moving, etc., in order to develop programmatic responses in projects
data and design technology investigate the fields of digital transformation in the field of urban design at all scales
the city-metabolism aims to understand the complex and integrate it into the design process, question the relationship between humans and the living, and take into account the multitude of necessary knowledge, for a holistic approach to urban issues in the face of environmental challenges. 

Discover the program!


Eyes on the Street cycle

The Eyes on the Street cycle aims to explore and question the capture of urban data in public space.
What does it tell us about our time? What are its modalities? Can we escape it? To what extent does this data capture modify our "right to the city"?
A series of 6 events co-organized by PCA-STREAM, Urban AI and Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence.
Moderator: Hubert Beroche
Scientific Director: Olivier Aïm

March 23, 2023 — 7pm - 8pm

They are everywhere in our cities but almost invisible... So what do these sensors look like? How do they work? And what do they really capture? To understand the behind-the-scenes of urban sensing, we will receive designers and operators of urban sensors.

A round table with Jean-Baptiste Poljak, CEO of Upciti, Caroline Goulard, CEO of Dataveyes and Modality, Laurens Vander Kuylen, project manager at Telraam and Sophie Vanwaelscappel, innovation manager at Lacroix. 



April 11, 2023 — 7pm - 8pm

We often imagine technological devices when it comes to urban capture. But capturing is also about listening, observing, touching... feeling! And what if, contrary to the technicist discourse, another captation was possible?

A dialogue between Emmanuelle Lallement, university professor at the Institute of European Studies of Paris 8 and urban anthropologist, and Léone-Alix Mazaud, doctoral student at Mines and innovation project manager at PCA-STREAM, whose Cifre thesis deals with sensitive data on urban biodiversity. 



April 20, 2023 — 7pm - 8pm

Sensors are mainly thought, designed and deployed as tools for over-surveillance. However, as Anders Albrechtslund's experiments have shown, these technologies can be used for care, sociability and under-surveillance. Meet one of the pioneers of surveillance studies!

A conference - in English - by Anders Albrechtslund, professor in information sciences at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) and director of the Center for Surveillance Studies.



June 01, 2023 — 7pm - 8pm

The relationship between urban sensors and city dwellers is often unbalanced, between invisible capture and monopolization of information. To question how design can contribute to rebalance this relationship, we will scan devices for camouflaging individuals and revealing sensors in urban space.

A discussion between Geoffrey Dome, designer, author of Hacker Citizens and Hacker Portester and Jonathan Pichot, European Director and Tech Lead at Helpful Places (born at Sidewalk Labs before becoming independent following the abandonment of the Toronto urban renewal project).




March 8, 2023 — 7pm - 8pm

Data capture in cities is often justified by a security discourse. Surveillance cameras - among other urban devices - are thus intended to protect citizens. But if it seems natural today, this narrative is nonetheless a socio-political construction.

An exchange between Beatriz Botero, co-founder of The Edgelands Institute and Professor at Sciences Po, and Matheus Ferrari, PhD student in Urban Anthropology at the University of Paris 8.



February 16, 2023 — 6pm - 7:30pm

We have never collected so much data in cities. The public space is thus subjected to a real "dataification". But how can we explain this massive capture? What is it about? And what does it tell us about our time?

An inaugural lecture by Olivier Aïm, lecturer at Sorbonne University and author of Les Théories de la Surveillance, followed by an afterwork co-organized with Yourban, The Swarm Initative and The Good AI.



February 01, 2023 - 6pm - 7:30pm

Discover the results of a survey conducted on workplace management, based on a panel of 200 companies in the Ile-de-France region: impacts of telecommuting, diversity and types of workplaces, (re)arrangement of spaces, corporate culture, and the impact of the pandemic.

Presented by Julie Perrin, PhD in geography and urban planning, post-doctoral researcher at Gustave Eiffel University. This research was conducted with Anne Aguiléra and Laurent Terral (LVMT, Université Gustave Eiffel) as part of the Smart Lab Lability.

The Smart Lab Lability is an ephemeral innovation and research laboratory of the Gustave Eiffel University (February 2021-January 2023), funded by the Île-de-France Region. Nine research projects have been dedicated to studying the repercussions of the health crisis on the organization of work and the evolution of the mobility of people and goods in Île-de-France.