Philippe Close, mayor of the city of Brussels, will sponsor the 2023 cycle of the Palladio Institute, developed by the Palladio Foundation under the aegis of the Fondation de France. She succeeds Nathalie Appéré and “honors the long line of godmothers and godfathers of the Institute”: Patrick Braouezec, Gérard Collomb, Jean-Louis Borloo, Alain Juppé, Anne Hidalgo, Xavier Bertrand, Johanna Rolland, Valérie Pécresse, Bernard Cazeneuve and Edouard Philippe . This new cycle of the Institute will have as its theme “(Re)conciling the city with nature”.
During his preliminary meeting with Palladio, Philippe Close insisted on the general interest missions of the Foundation and on the reasons for his commitment as sponsor of the Institute of the same name: “Cities are increasingly important in the world. As mayor of the Belgian capital, but also of Europe, reflection must be made on two fronts as regards Brussels. But other challenges are also gaining importance, such as climate change or the energy crisis, battles that we are waging in Brussels but also elsewhere. It is with great pride that I undertake to sponsor this new cycle of the Palladio Institute, which allows cities to share and learn in all these aspects”.
“By opening the 11th annual cycle of its Institute, the Palladio Foundation affirms its conviction of offering a platform for exchange and a method that accompanies the young protagonists, responsible for the fabric of the city. The desire to make them grasp the experience of a chosen one, whose training and whose commitments illustrate the very special attention reserved for the link between nature and the city, is one of the key elements of this method, based on dialogue and the exchange of experiences . Philippe Close – he told me – will be happy to take up this tradition by giving it a European dimension”, explains Bertrand de Feydeau, president of the Palladio Foundation.
The handover between Nathalie Appéré, mayor of Rennes and president of Rennes Métropole and godmother of the 2022 cycle, and Philippe Close will officially take place on November 30 during the Institute’s annual conference.