“Campus Piéton” Project

June 20, 2022. Campus Piéton © EPFL Niels Ackermann 2021

June 20, 2022. Campus Piéton © EPFL Niels Ackermann 2021

A greener, more user-friendly campus, better adapted to climate change: this is the aim of the “Campus Piéton” (Pedestrian Campus) project, to which the EPFL community is called upon to contribute from 2022.

Let’s take a look into the future…  

Walking through the EPFL campus on a hot day, users are greeted by green spaces protected from the sun. Groups of students looking for inspiration outside the buildings connect to solar terminals to discuss a project. At noon, staff and student body members share a workout.

When the rain comes, covered areas allow for outdoor living. And in winter, the gloom is less gray, as some of the roads where buses and cars used to pass have become pedestrianized, enriched with user-friendly street furniture. The members of the EPFL community settle down in the shelter of the wind as soon as the first rays of sunshine appear, taking advantage of a diversified and ever more tempting offer of restaurants.

The old sidewalks, inconvenient for people with reduced mobility, have been replaced by functional surfaces. Bicycles and scooters are welcome, but channeled. Everywhere games, artworks and water areas flourish amidst the green spaces. Working, eating, moving and relaxing have never been so pleasant on the EPFL campus.

Onwards to 2024!

This vision of the future is not science fiction, but the objective of the Campus Piéton project, which aims to close the axis between Avenue Piccard and Route des Noyerettes to traffic to leave more space for vegetation, people and their activities. Access for emergency and service vehicles will be reorganized, and above all the participation of the EPFL community will be encouraged in order to define together the modalities of the implementation.

Contributive platform

A web platform dedicated to the contributive approach is also available to allow an overview of the process and remote participation. It contains information regarding the events and their documentation, the videos of the live discussion forums and the interactive work boards used as a basis for the process.

20 juin 2022. Campus Piéton. © Niels Ackermann / Lundi13

Several interventions on campus began in 2022 as part of the Campus PIéton project.

13 avril 2022. Campus Lunch sur le campus de l'EPFL dans le cadre des préparatifs de la piétonnisation. © Niels Ackermann / Lundi13

Different moments of participation of the EPFL community are organized to identify the needs and expectations of the campus users.

9 mars 2022. Forum I Campus Piéton © Niels Ackermann / Lundi13

The Campus Piéton project was launched by the Vice Presidency for Responsible Transformation (VPT). It involves several entities internal and external to EPFL.