Design the transition, now. #4

Imagining Transitional Urban Realms
18 juin 2020, 17:00 - 20:00   —  
The Eco-Century Project®
— Débats
— Conférences

Design the Transition, Now.

Thursday, June 18th | 5 – 7 pm

For the final session of the series « Design the Transition, now », the Fondation Braillard Architectes, and LASUR Faculté de l’environnement naturel, architectural et construit ENAC – EPFL invite you to attend the presentations of Rob Hopkins and Shalini Randeria in their dialogue with Edwin Zaccai, addressing the issue of imagination in the creation of new urban realms.

The air got clean and fresh, fish reappeared in urban waterways, birds frequented uncut gardens, wild mammals meandered through cities and greenhouse gas emissions are dropping by an unprecedented 8% this year, thanks to the dramatically reduced economic activity. However, this resilience of nature is temporary and the reduction in greenhouse gases is not the result of decarbonising the economy, but the unintended consequence of economic paralysis that has come with painful human consequences and huge costs to lives and livelihoods. Addressing the climate crisis should lead to the intentional, controlled and sustained reduction of greenhouse gases. Above all, it should lead to improved wellbeing, rather than suffering and exclusion. How can the ecological transition become a project to be democratically designed throughout, with cities, buildings and landscapes actively participating in a zero-carbon, equitable society?

To provide insights to this urgent question, we have invited:


Founder of the Transition Towns Movement and author of From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want (2019)


Director of the Albert Hirschman Center on Democracy at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


Doctor of environmental sciences, civil physicist and graduate in philosophy. Full professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Director of the Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CESD)

Organisation & Discussants

Bernard Declève, full professor, Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Town Planning, UCLouvain
Roselyne de Lestrange, lecturer and researcher, Metrolab Brussels, LOCI / UCLouvain
Vincent Kaufmann, Vice-Dean for Education and Knowledge Transfer ENAC / EPFL, Associate Professor Laboratory of Urban Sociology (LASUR)
Luca Pattaroni, lecturer and researcher, Laboratory of urban sociology (LASUR) ENAC / EPFL

Moderation :
Panos Mantziaras, Fondation Braillard Architectes



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