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”.
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.
Dominic Villeneuve appointed professor at ESAD
Dominic Villeneuve (pictured right), who completed his PhD at the Laboratoire de Sociologie Urbaine under the direction of Vincent Kaufmann, has just been appointed Professor of transportation at the École supérieure d'aménagement du territoire et de développement régional (ÉSAD) at Université Laval. The entire LASUR team congratulates him and wishes him success in his new position.
Travelling by train after the pandemic
Normally, the train is a widely used means of transportation in Switzerland. Since the Covid-19 pandemic occurred in Switzerland, the number of passengers is much lower than before. Vincent Kaufmann, from the Urban Sociology Laboratory of the EPFL, comments on the RTS.
Encouraging cycle traffic
A strong mobilisation of cyclists is taking place in Geneva in order not to lose the temporary facilities put in place during the confinement period. Vincent Kaufmann, Director of the Urban Sociology Laboratory at the EPFL, looks back on the transport war and believes that the cycle paths have been well designed and that they should continue.