Anthropocene Wednesdays at the École urbaine de Lyon

From May 22, 2019 to July 10, 2019

Every week, beginning in April 2019, the École urbaine de Lyon’s Anthropocene Wednesdays will provide an opportunity to think about the deep changes our world is going through. Researchers and experts from all fields will discuss, define issues and uncover solutions surrounding specific topics.


Cities facing climate change

  • Lucie Merlier, engineer and architect, associate professor at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and member of the CETHIL laboratory.
  • Jean-Jacques Terrin, architect-urban planner, professor emeritus at the ENSA de Versailles at associate researcher in several laboratories in France, Canada and Albania. His latest book is “Cities Facing Climate Change, Urban Heat Islands", published by Parenthèses (bilingual edition) He is currently working on design processes, innovation strategies and approaches to collaboration.


Living with the risk of contamination

  • Marie Augendre, geographer, associate professor at the Université Lumière Lyon 2, and member of the Environment, City and Society laboratory (Environnement Ville et Société). Through her multidisciplinary research and action project, DILEM (déplacés et indécis laissés à eux mêmes, people who have been displaced and who are left to their own devices), she explored populations in the “gray zone” of the nuclear accident in Japan, who were contaminated or may have been, even if this has not been officially acknowledged.
  • Tesuji Imanaka, nuclear physicist, professor at the center for nuclear experimentation at the University of Kyoto. (Translation: Kurumi Sugita, anthropologist)


Mobility in the era of the Anthropocene

  • Sébastien Roques, engineer and founder of Evo Pods, an alternative to cars as a method of transportation involving a network of stations spread throughout a city with capsules that can convert any bicycle into a weatherproof electric power assisted vehicle within seconds.
  • Mireille Apel-Muller, director of the Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement (Institute for the city in motion), founded by François Ascher in 2000. The IVM is now part of VEDECOM, the French Institute for public-private research partnerships and training for carbon-free, sustainable individual mobility solutions


An artistic and Anthropocene approach to design

  • Gwenaëlle Bertrand, associate professor at the Université Jean Monnet in Saint-Etienne, member of the CIERC laboratory and cofounder, with Maxime Favard, of the MAXWEN design studio.
  • Anne Fischer, artist, graduate of the Eindhoven Design Academy. She uses design to find attractive, sensitive answers to current issues. She won the 2017 COAL Art and Environment Award for her project, “Rising from its Ashes”, which was born in Avinières, a hamlet in the Cévennes.