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Integrating sustainability issues at the neighborhood scale
Within a context marked by the processes of the densification of urban territories, the creation of new neighborhoods in line with the sustainability transitions constitutes a complex challenge. In an article published in the last issue of the URBIA journal, the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) presents a decision-making support methodology, based on its recent research, which allows comparing several projectual visions.
How can we make residential neighborhoods more sustainable by 2050?
If the aim of a 2,000 Watt Society is to be achieved, peri-urban residential neighborhoods – where the average single-family home consumes 6.5 times more power than that target – must adapt. An EPFL thesis, which has just been awarded a scholarly distinction, explores ways of hitting the target in Vaud canton, but which could also be applied to the whole of Switzerland.
Architectural excursion in Zurich
Professor Emmanuel Rey's studio class of the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) went on an architectural excursion in the city of Zurich. This extra-mural teaching activity was an opportunity for the students to visit various contemporary operations including housing, commercial/office buildings, and public spaces coming into close resonance with the issues explored within the framework of the RHODANIE URBAINE design studio.