URBAN SOCIOLOGY LABORATORY
New relationships to space and time
Vincent Kaufmann and Luca Pattaroni, sociologists at EPFL, are among the authors of the books "Saturations" and "Manifeste pour une politique des rythmes". They published an opinion on this subject in the French newspaper "La Tribune". For the past year, the new temporal and spatial limits of our lives have been evolving in line with the pandemic. The crisis situation is prompting introspection, which is taking the form of professional reconversions, moves, separations and, more generally, changes in life.
Health restrictions and sociology
Last week, violent clashes between young revellers and police took place in St. Gallen. Are these events related to the health restrictions? Luca Pattaroni, lecturer at the Urban Sociology Laboratory at EPFL, analyses the issue.
Switzerland loves concrete
The police evacuated on Tuesday the ZAD that had been established since October on the Mormont hill. The occupants were protesting against the extension of the Holcim quarry and against the extensive use of concrete, an energy-intensive material that Switzerland uses a lot. Bruno Marchand, who teaches architecture at the EPFL, and Luca Pattaroni, from the EPFL's Urban Sociology Laboratory, are interviewed on this subject on "RTS La 1ère".
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.
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.