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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.



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

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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

The development of sustainable mobility in cities

Vincent Kaufmann

How did the automobile change urban design? Vincent Kaufmann, a sociologist at the EPFL, answers this question on the RTS.

Watch the video here

On the verge of saturation

GareLausanneSRF-149The Lake Geneva region is experiencing the consequences of its growth, particularly in the field of transport, which are often on the verge of saturation. The German-speaking channel "SRF 1" interviewed Vincent Kaufmann, Director of the Laboratory of Urban Sociology and specialist in mobility issues.

Watch the video here

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