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Under the direction of Prof. Vincent Kaufmann, Laboratory of Urban Sociology (LaSUR) comprises of around fifteen researchers and PhD students united towards the comprehension of urban experiences within a social science perspective.

 

Situated within the EPFL and the ENAC Faculty (Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering), the LaSUR researches the social conditions that produce and appropriate cities or territories, collaborating intensively with its partners in engineering and architecture.

 

The LaSUR confronts urban phenomena through the mobility capacities of its actors. In this perspective, the principal research themes are daily mobility, residential history, the dynamics of suburbanization and gentrification, public space, and network management.

 

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Transformation urbaine - quartier Saint-Gervais
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Dans le cadre d'un article sur l'évolution du quartier genevois de Saint-Gervais, Luca Pattaoni, chercheur au Laboratoire de sociologie urbaine de l'EPFL, est interviewé par la "Tribune de Genève".

Lire l'article ici

 
Neo-nomads and highly mobile people
 

Maison mobile

Interview with Stephanie Vincent & Emmanuel Ravalet Geslin and Maude Reitz & Yves Pedrazzini

The four researchers are taking stock of what characterizes and differentiates their respective areas of study: neo-nomadism object of the noLand's manproject , and high mobility, studied in the Jobmob research project.

Read the article here

 
Cities of the future, the future of cities


Taza - Ville NouvelleVincent Kaufmann, was on the RTS to talk about cities without a past, created from scratch to master all parameters. Does the high-tech city, city without a past, have a future? Built with the desire to master all the settings and under the reign of the algorithm, will this techno-futuristic utopia succeed where other "new towns" in other times, have failed?

Listen to the interview here

 
The snowman effect

Bonhomme de neige

Sébastien Munafò from the LaSUR joined Michael Themans, director of the EPFL Transportation Center and Nuria Gorrite, Vaud State Councillor in charge of infrastructure to speak of leisure mobility and and dissect our behavior during the broadcasting of the show "On en parle" on the RTS radio.

Listen to the show here

 
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