The Eco-Century Project®

Architecture, city and landscape through the prism of planetary resources | Research and culture programme 2016-2020

Learning to build, maintain and live differently in our buildings, cities and territories is becoming a critical issue for our future on Earth. It is only through a methodical survey of the architecture-city-environment relationship that a new generation of professionals and experts will be capable of making sustainable development a reality.

The Braillard Architects Foundation and its partners are launching the research and culture programme called The Eco-Century Project®: architecture, city and landscape through the prism of planetary resources.
The programme questions the links between functions, shapes and values of our built environment with regard to ecological transition.

Through its principles of enunciation, its application protocols and the forms and contents of its results (research, research-by-design, conferences, seminars, etc.), The Eco-Century Project® also constitutes a quality label. It is awarded by the Braillard Architects Foundation to organisations, institutions and processes associating the objectives of ecological transition with the tools and devices of architectural, urban and landscape projects, following a review and monitoring procedure.

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14 January 2021, 17:30 - 19:00

D’abord les forêts

Le monde dont nous héritons aujourd’hui est un monde où la forêt est devenue simplement «une grande étendue couverte d’arbres». L’impasse environnementale, la 6ème extinction de masse, le réchauffement climatique,... LIRE PLUS
14 January 2021, 00:00 - 27 May 2021, 00:00

Transition Seeds

Programme de la série de conférence #sketchbook 2021
17 December 2020, 17:30 - 18:30

Trajectoires doctorales et univers disciplinaires au prisme de la transition écologique

Conférence magistrale de clôture du séminaire doctoral inaugural de l’EDT62 Speaker: Panos MANTZIARAS, Directeur de la Fondation Braillard Architectes Date & heure: 17 décembre | 17h30 Pour assister à la... LIRE PLUS
10 December 2020, 17:00 - 20:00

TEDx Countdown | The Architecture of Transition

Informations à venir
12 September 2020, 10:00 - 13 September 2020, 16:00

Maurice Braillard – Urban verticals

Exhibition organised in the context of the Visits commented by Paul Marti at the Braillard Architects Foundation Press article in the Geneva Tribune. Brochure to be downloaded here. Maurice... LIRE PLUS
12 September 2020 - 25 October 2020

Braillard and his tower still in the clouds – TDG, 12/09/20

Article on the Maurice Braillard, urban verticals exhibition, which took place as part of the European Heritage Days 2020. Source:
10 September 2020 - 01 December 2020

Design the transition – the book

Book resulting from the conference series Design the transition – year 1
13 July 2020 - 24 July 2020

Transition Workshop 2020

The FBA and its partners are launching the first experimental workshop on the ecological transition of cities, intended for professionals in space management, players and students.
18 June 2020, 17:00 - 20:00

Design the transition, now. #4

Design the Transition, Now. IMAGINING TRANSITIONAL URBAN REALMS Thursday, June 18th | 5 – 7 pm Video-debate For the final session of the series “Design the Transition, now”, the Braillard... LIRE PLUS
28 May 2020, 17:00 - 19:00

Design the transition, now! #3

Next conference: registration open!
30 April 2020, 17:00 - 01 June 2020, 00:00

Post Coronavirus Ecological Front

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23 April 2020, 17:00 - 28 May 2020, 00:00

Design the transition, now! #2

The video of the debat is now available!
22 April 2020, 19:00 - 30 April 2020, 00:00

From Athenaeum to transition: cities as a cradle of the transformative imagination

From Athenaeum to transition: cities as a cradle of the transformative imagination The Geneva Athenaeum (the foundations of which house the Braillard Architects Foundation) bears a name that is not... LIRE PLUS
02 April 2020, 00:00 - 01 September 2020, 00:00

Forum of the transition

Discussion forum on the theme of the transition in the face of the pandemic crisis.
26 March 2020, 17:00 - 19:00

Design the transition, now! #1

Video debate: In these times of great change and as part of the Design the Transition series, the Braillard Architects Foundation, Metrolab.Brussels and LASUR/EPFL invite you to an exceptional discussion... LIRE PLUS
27 February 2020, 16:00 - 18:00

Design the transition III | The ground and its values

Keynote speaker “The decarbonised city: back to Earth, back to the earth” Guillaume FABUREL, Professor, University Lumière Lyon 2, UMR Triangle The metropolitan urban regime could be characterised by a... LIRE PLUS
23 January 2020, 16:00 - 18:00

Design the transition III | 2°: societies facing climate change

1st session of the Drawing the Transition III conference series, with: Edwin ZACCAI, doctor in environmental sciences, physical engineer and graduate in philosophy. Full professor at the Free University of... LIRE PLUS
23 January 2020, 15:00 - 18 June 2020, 18:00

Series of conferences | Design the transition III

Programme of the series of conferences 2020 – Changes due to the pandemic!
23 December 2019, 00:00

Heritage and architecture – Rooftops and shelter

The FBA contributed to this work, born from the exhibition "Under the same roof". To get as soon as possible!
24 September 2019, 08:00 - 18:00

Existenzminimum: 90 years of the 2nd CIAM

Modern city and contemporary city: facing the transition EXISTENZMINIMUM 90 years of the 2nd CIAM 24 September 2019 EPFL, Rolex Learning Center, Forum Rolex Route cantonale, 1015 Écublens See the... LIRE PLUS
20 September 2019, 00:00 - 07 January 2020, 00:00

Racines modernes de la ville contemporaine (Modern tools of the contemporary city)

Book resulting from the Bernardo Secchi study day 2018.
20 June 2019, 16:30 - 20:00

Design the transition II | New metropolitan agriculture

Locations Geneva: World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Limited places, registration mandatory by email (click here to register) before Monday June 17th. Thank you for warning us about any withdrawal as... LIRE PLUS
23 May 2019, 17:00 - 19:00

Design the transition II | Circular economy

The circular economy is one of the pillars of contemporary European urban policies. In Brussels, for example, the Regional Circular Economy Plan aims to replace the current linear economic model... LIRE PLUS
25 April 2019, 17:00 - 19:00

Design the transition II | Transitory occupations

In several cities, changing urban sites are the subject of a new body of practices classified under the expression “transitory urbanism”. This encompasses all initiatives that aim to temporarily reactivate... LIRE PLUS
28 March 2019, 00:00

Design the transition II | The third places of social economy

  The third places of social economy In Brussels, Geneva and elsewhere, there is a proliferation of a new generation of shared spaces (co-workings, fablabs, collaborative workshops, etc.). Listed under... LIRE PLUS
28 February 2019, 17:00 - 19:00

Design the transition II | Introduction to the series.

Programme   Presentation of the series of conferences 2019   Bernard Declève, Architect engineer, Professor CULouvain, Panos Mantziaras, Director of the Braillard Architects Foundation Vincent Kaufmann, Urban sociology and... LIRE PLUS
28 February 2019, 00:00 - 20 June 2019, 19:00

Series of conferences | Design the transition II

Design the transition II Tools and devices for the ecological metropolis project   Programme Introduction to the series | February 28th The third places of social economy | March 28th... LIRE PLUS
30 November 2018, 14:37

Urbanism of hope: projecting horizons of expectation

Publication on October 5th, 2018.   Resulting from the Bernardo Secchi day 2017, this book aims to redefine the role played by the project – project of cities and territories... LIRE PLUS
25 September 2018, 08:30 - 17:00

Modern city and contemporary city: facing the transition

PDF of the Call for Contribution – BSD 2018 PDF of the Programme of September 25th PDF of the brochure (FR/EN) Watch the videos of the day   This year... LIRE PLUS
19 September 2018, 09:30

Human Urgency and Human Value

The Braillard Architects Foundation (FBA), member of the Berges de Vessy Association (ABV), together with the Initiative to Value Human Life Foundation (IVHL), organised a round table called “Human Urgency... LIRE PLUS