ENAC Sustainability challenges
Demographic evolution, natural resource scarcity and climate change are major challenges to the future of our planet.
In Switzerland and beyond, issues such as infrastructure upkeep and renewal, rapid urbanization, energy-intensive lifestyles, and the threat of ecosystem collapse ask for holistic considerations.
With joint expertise in architecture, civil engineering and environmental sciences and engineering, ENAC has a unique capability and a responsibility presenting visions and developing solutions for the future.
Focus on 3 sustainable subjects
1. Climate change:
Develop the knowledge, technology and tools we need to anticipate, mitigate and adapt to climate change.
2. Digitalization of infrastructures and cities:
Harness digital technology to develop sustainable design, construction and monitoring methods for energy grids, transportation systems andthe built and natural environment.
To meet this challenge, ENAC has set up a cluster named “Digitalization of infrastructures and cities” and collaborates with the Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS), the Smart Living Lab, The EPFL Center for Imaging and the Transportation Center (TRACE)
3. Sustainable territories:
Adopt people-centric systems of systems approach. Rethink the relationships between rural ecosystems and the urban, mobility and proximity, and the food-water-energy nexus as a way to shape sustainable cities and territories.
An interdisciplinary approach
ENAC’s ambitious scientific program is designed to address the needs of policy, economy, and society in terms of research, technological innovation, and knowledge transfer by training the next generation of architects and engineers.
ENAC’s research initiatives include:
- Defining two clusters related to digitalization and urbanization.
- Developing projects within specialized research centers.
- Launching FUSTIC (Future Sustainable Territories, Infrastructure and Cities) to take advantage of swarm intelligence and to create a national network.
ENAC’s teaching seeks to adopt a global knowledge approach and nurture the dialogue across disciplines by:
- Interdisciplinary programs (such as the Design Together Program).
- Interdisciplinary minors.
- Fablabs (such as SKIL – Student Kreativity and Innovation Laboratory).
Interdisciplinarity in research
ENAC clusters in the fields of digitalization and urbanization bring together cutting-edge research excellence from across the three disciplines.
ENAC researchers stand out by their involvement in several research centers and their multidisciplinary approach as a fertile ground for innovation.
FUSTIC is a network of ENAC researchers and other research organizations as well as private and public partners.
Interdisciplinarity on the teaching side
Throughout their degree programs, our students team up with peers from other disciplines to carry out hands-on design projects, including as part of the “Design Together” program.
The ENAC Faculty hosts several interdisciplinary minors.
The Student Kreativity and Innovation Lab (SKIL) supports projects by student groups or individual students who wish to develop their own ideas and need a practical learning space to do so. SKIL provides the environment and equipment that students need to complete hands-on projects.
Visualize affinities between ENAC research labs.
Interdisciplinary research is one of our school’s core values. This tool lets you visualize potential and effective affinities among our research, groups, laboratories and individual researchers within the labs.