PhD Seminar “Neighborhoods in transition”

Bords de Seine, Quais Rive Gauche, Rouen © In Situ – Paysages et Urbanisme

Bords de Seine, Quais Rive Gauche, Rouen © In Situ – Paysages et Urbanisme

The PhD seminar “Neighborhoods in transition”, organized by the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) within the axis Integrated Design, Architecture and Sustainability (IDEAS) and the research project Rhodanie urbaine, took place at Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) between October 19th – 21st.. This international event provided participants with the opportunity to explore the potential of urban riverbanks as a new opportunity to design sustainable fluvial neighbourhoods.

Today, the changing relations between cities and their rivers raise – after a certain exclusion of waterways from urban areas – a series of questions on their renewal potentials. Indeed, urban densification objectives may resonate with flood protection strategies, which, in turn, open up new investigation fields for the future of urban riverbanks. In this perspective, abandoned sites, such as fluvial brownfields, represent a significant potential for the creation of new, sustainable neighborhoods.

Structured according to four complementary and overlapping lines of research (mutations - landscapes - processes - uses), the PhD seminar hosted a rich palette of speakers :

  • Prof. Emmanuel Rey, EPFL / LAST, Lausanne
  • Olga Bolshanina, Herzog & De Meuron, Basel,
  • Prof. Sigrid Reiter, Université de Liège,
  • Dr. Sophie Lufkin, EPFL / LAST, Lausanne,
  • Tilman Latz, Latz + Partner, Kransberg
  • Anna Thomé, In Situ, Lyon,
  • Judith Lenhart, 3Land Trinational Eurodistrict of Basel,
  • Prof. Béatrice Mariolle, ENSAP Lille et Institut Parisien de Recherche Architecture (IPRAUS),
  • Jan Edler, Flussbad Berlin,
  • Nicolas Chartre, Voies navigables de France, Lyon,
  • Dr. Muriel Muriel Delabarre, Institut de géographie et durabilité, Université de Lausanne (UNIL).

Supported by swissuniversities, this doctoral seminar was organized in collaboration with the Institut de géographie et durabilité of the Université de Lausanne (UNIL), the ENSAP Lille, the Institut Parisien de Recherche Architecture, Urbanistique et Société (IPRAUS/UMR AUSser), the Local Environment Management and Analysis (LEMA) of the Université de Liège (ULiège).