What will the Grande Dixence region look like 200 years from now?
Master’s project – An EPFL architecture student explored what the area around the Grande Dixence dam in Valais Canton might look like in 2223, drawing on scientific data to shed light on the long-term implications of environmental change.
Physics sheds light on the study of architecture
Andreas Schüler, an expert in specialty materials for solar energy conversion, is this year’s winner of both the PolySphère award for best teacher at EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) and the PolySphère d’Or award for best teacher at EPFL. The awards are given out by EPFL students, who selected Schüler for his outstanding teaching in his Building Physics class.
New, sustainable structures installed at three iconic sites in Geneva
EPFL architecture students have designed lightweight structures made from recycled wood and earth for three public spaces in Geneva: Parc Rigot; the entrance to Parc des Feuillantines; and the gardens of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.
Experts revive ancient techniques to make concrete more sustainable
A team of experts from EPFL, ETH Zurich and a Geneva-based architecture firm has developed a new type of non-reinforced concrete made from stone offcuts. Their method, which reduces the use of carbon-intensive cement-based binders, draws on ancient techniques uncovered in historical archives.
Scientists explore hidden dynamics in peat under mosses and shrubs
Global warming is causing extensive changes to peatland vegetation in Europe and Western Siberia, with consequences for soil composition and the peatlands’ ability to sequester carbon. An EPFL-led study has examined the mechanisms behind these complex processes.
AI helps detecting plastic in oceans
A research team from EPFL and Wageningen University has developed a new artificial intelligence model that recognises floating plastics much more accurately in satellite images than before. This could help to systematically remove plastic litter from the oceans with ships.
“Google Earth on steroids” gives a boost to urban development
Uzufly’s technology uses aerial imaging to generate 3D models of cities and regions with advanced precision, enabling urban planners to incorporate full-scale designs of all types of architectural and urban structures.
AI enables more effective humanitarian action
Researchers from ENAC and ETH Zurich, working together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Bin Khalifa Unversity (Qatar), have developed a program that can generate population density estimates with unparalleled precision, and only needs a rough estimate at the regional level to learn.
Tapping into the energy stored beneath our cities
In this article appearing in Switzerland’s French-speaking press, Margaux Peltier, the CEO of Enerdrape and a research assistant at EPFL’s Laboratory of Soil Mechanics, explains how recent technology developed at EPFL can help bring geothermal energy into existing buildings.
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Video | Science popularization “Une ville où tu respires”
In the video intended for young audiences «Une ville où tu respires», our experts present their research on traffic and congestion management, urban greening, urban planning on a neighborhood scale, and the impact of pollution on health and mobility.
Video |Trees are not always a miracle cure for improving air quality
Master’s project in environmental sciences and engineering – 2023
Video | How to make an on-demand bus network viable
Master’s project in civil engineering – 2023
Katrin Beyer appointed dean of ENAC
Katrin Beyer, currently an associate dean at EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), will take over as dean of ENAC on 1 January 2024. She’s a renowned expert in her field and has headed the Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory (EESD) at ENAC since 2010.
Jacques Lucan (1947-2023)
Éminent théoricien de l'architecture, le professeur Jacques Lucan a enseigné à l'EPFL de 1993 à 2015. Il s'est éteint le 8 octobre 2023.
Energy is (not) sexy
In this article appearing in three local newspapers, Glòria Serra Coch, architect and PhD student at EPFL’s Human Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), wonders how to make the energy turn around more attractive.
How can we use steel efficiently for sustainable design?
In this column, published in three regional dailies, Dimitrios Lignos, who heads EPFL’s Resilient Steel Structures Laboratory (RESSLab), explains how his laboratory's research is contributing to a more thoughtful use of steel in construction.
Toward post-carbon neighborhoods?
In this column, published in three local dailies, Emmanuel Rey, Associate professor of Architecture and Sustainable Construction Technologies and head of the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST), explains what lies behind the concept of "post-carbon neighborhoods".