Education / Research

Atelier de création paysagère et urbaine 2011 – La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse

From 3 to 10 July 2011, the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds listed as World Heritage for its "watchmaking urban planning” hosted an international workshop under the theme City-Nature-Industry. The workshop gathered students and professors from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, the Faculté d’architecture La Cambre Horta de l’Université libre de Bruxelles, and the Faculty of Environmental Design of the University of Montreal.

Part of the regional project "La Chaux-de-Fonds in 2030", the workshop sought to engage a reflection on the urban future of this city from different territorial issues: integrating industries and transport, enhancing heritage and landscape value, developing public spaces and city entrances. The workshop asked participants to identify the territorial issues and formulate visions of the future to develop feasible projects. This work was subsequently presented to the General Council, the media and the public. Proposals and discussions incurred were later served in a participatory process on the territorial project, which took place in the fall of 2011.

Among the dozen participants from 4 academic institutions from 4 countries (Belgium, France, Switzerland and Canada), 3 applications were selected following a call launched in April 2011 to all graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental Design.