The Civil Engineering Institute of EPFL
Urban population growth, scarcity of resources and climate change will create situations where traditional civil-engineering practice is no longer appropriate. While civil engineers have strived to do “more with less” for centuries, they now need to do this proactively in challenging contexts of high environmental uncertainty and limited material availability.
The mission of the Civil Engineering Institute at EPFL is to combine expertise across a broad range of disciplines with world-class experimental facilities to develop significant scientific results, advanced learning support and appropriate innovation and technology transfer for the next generation of engineers. These engineers shall either become specialists or be able to collaborate with specialists from EPFL and elsewhere to meet society’s needs through improving the quality of life, lowering environmental impact and reducing life-cycle costs.
Our core disciplines:
The Civil Engineering Institute at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne performs research in the core disciplines of Civil Engineering (structures and materials, transportation and networks, geosystems and natural resources), as well as research at the interface with environmental engineering (fluids) and at the interface with architecture (buildings physics).
The research conducted in our laboratories and research groups fosters excellence in fundamental and applied research.
We offer exceptional experimental facilities at various scales including the ability to test large-scale structures in our experimental halls.
With the emergence of the EPFL Valais and EPFL Fribourg (Smart Living Lab) campuses, the Civil Engineering Institute is going through an exciting growth phase.
Michel Bierlaire, Director of Civil Engineering Institute
Sophie Bauer, Administrative Assistant
Mobility: towards less commuting
Many people spend hours commuting between home and work. Teleworking, made compulsory by Covid-19, has shown that other solutions are possible. The "Tribu" programme on RTS La 1ère discusses the subject with Vincent Kaufmann, professor of urban sociology and mobility analysis at EPFL.
The increase in individual households
Since 1990, the number of single-person households in Switzerland has increased. According to projections by the Federal Statistical Office, this trend will continue. Why will this be the case? Luca Pattaroni, urban sociologist and professor at the EPFL, provides some answers.
J. Brütting interviewed by Espazium in latest special issue
Jan Brütting's doctoral work, and more generally research activities at the Structural Xploration Lab, are featured in the latest special issue on "Circular Architecture" by Espazium, the overarching body of Tec21, Tracés, and Archi, Swiss architecture magazines. The 6-page long interview (pp. 24-29) explores how automated placement of reclaimed structural parts could impact future construction and circular architecture in general. The special issue was commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.