URBAN SOCIOLOGY LABORATORY
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.
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”.
On 11 and 12 May 2020, the Urban Sociology Laboratory of EPFL, in partnership with Lab’Urba, the MUST association and the Vidy theatre, is organizing two days of conferences and debates on the theme of housing and habitat, offering a comparison between the Swiss and French perspectives, but also based on other international case studies.
Situated within the ENAC Faculty, the LASUR celebrated its 15th anniversary this autumn. From the contextualization of former research conducted by the LASUR these past 15 years, this event aimed to question the role of social sciences within engineering and architecture schools, and the contemporary issues of a sociological thinking of the city. Researchers from different disciplines and fields shared their vision about the role of social sciences in the field of urban studies nowadays.
Imagining post-pandemic mobility
Vincent Kaufmann, Professor of Urban Sociology and Mobility Analysis at EPFL talks about the issue of mobility in times of crisis and explores different ways to promote sustainable mobility once the crisis is over.
How cities have domesticated counterculture
In an unprecedented survey conducted between Geneva, Lisbon and Ljubljana, EPFL researchers show how urban cultural policies have absorbed the subversive nature of counter-culture over the past 40 years. To the point of reducing art to the status of profitable entertainment in a defined and regulated space. "La Liberté" conducts an interview with the director of this research, sociologist Luca Pattaroni.
Choosing between work and family life
What impact does hyper-mobility, which leads people to work far from home, have on social and family life? That was the theme of this week's "7 billion neighbours" programme on RFI. Vincent Kaufmann, professor of urban sociology and mobility analysis at the EPFL, was a guest on the broadcast.