ENAC is EPFL’s faculty addressing sustainability challenge in the built and natural environments. Our mission is to address major social and environmental challenges such as the protection of ecosystems, the renewal of infrastructures, rapid urbanization, and energy-intensive lifestyles.
ENAC researchers apply their expertise in three strategic areas:
- Climate change
- Digitalization of infrastructures and cities
- Urbanization and sustainable territories
Two clusters to solve challenges through interdisciplinary research
We have set up two research Clusters – one for each of our last two strategic focus areas.
1. Cluster “Digitalization of Infrastructures and Cities”
This cluster explores opportunities related to digitalization and big data to nurture the ecological and social transition. It aims to develop tools and methods for improved infrastructure and city management:
- Drive a cultural shift in the construction industry towards greener and low-impact design methods.
- Turn data into knowledge to develop sustainable infrastructure management policies.
- Add simulation layers to digital twins for the design, operation, and maintenance of physical infrastructures.
2. Cluster “Sustainable Territories”
This cluster aims to rethink urbanization towards social and ecological sustainability. It offers a holistic vision of the urban system:
- Find ways to shorten supply chains using multi-scale analysis.
- Develop a systemic approach to territorial planning focusing on people’s needs.
- Transform territories by redesigning the relationship between urban and rural areas.
This cluster aims to develop tools and methods advancing the management of infrastructures and cities.
This cluster aims to renew our understanding of cities and territories through a systemic approach.
The list of projects will be available soon, so check back soon!
The aim of this grant is to foster new interdisciplinary research collaborations within the ENAC clusters.