URBAN SOCIOLOGY LABORATORY
Car use and cantonal specificities in French Switzerland
A study by the Urban Sociology Laboratory (EPFL) shows that 78% of Genevans living in the city center never go to work by car, compared to 61% in Lausanne. The traffic of those respective cantons is composed by 80% of Lausanne residents compared to less than 70% for the Genevans. The denser public transportation network in Geneva is one reason to explain this contrast.
More people use their cars in Lausanne than in Geneva
The people of Lausanne take the car more often than the people of Geneva. This is a result of a study by the Laboratory of Urban Sociology at EPFL. Vincent Kaufmann explains the phenomenon by the structure of the two cities. "Geneva is a very dense city with the majority of jobs in the center. In Lausanne, a large proportion of jobs are located outside the city, less accessible by public transport, but with better parking facilities."
Public benches and more
What are the public benches in Lausanne for and who uses them? Renate Albrecher, scientific assistant at the Laboratory of Urban Sociology at EPFL, has dedicated a large part of her research work to them. She also manages the Association Bankkultur, which provides information on public benches in Switzerland and lists them thanks to its "banc'aire card" updated by the population.
Qu’est-ce que les chercheur·se·s en études urbaines ont à dire à propos de Langenthal ? De Locarno ? Ou de Martigny ? Au-delà de sa classification en typologies prédéfinies, comment sonder et représenter le caractère d’une ville ? Comment saisir et décrire ce qui en fait une ville à part entière, la fois unique et ordinaire ? Nous proposons de répondre à ces questions dans un ouvrage collectif à partir de cas concrets, sans les idéaliser ni les traiter sous un angle simplement pittoresque. Il s’agit de décrire leur singularité et leur urbanité, ce qui fait leur centralité urbaine, au-delà des données statistiques.
The Braillard Architects Foundation, Metrolab Brussels (LOCI-UCLouvain) and the Urban Sociology Laboratory of EPFL LASUR invite you to the second session of its conference cycle “Dessiner la transition III”.
A new nationwide study being conducted jointly by EPFL, the Idiap Research Institute and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) aims to understand the emotional effects of the lockdown on Swiss residents and what steps they are taking to cope with it. The findings will be used to develop better support strategies for the future.