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Environment - Architecture - 01.05.2018
Why public spaces in European cities are becoming homogenized
Why public spaces in European cities are becoming homogenized
European public spaces are becoming more original, but also more homogeneous. The author of an architecture thesis, written at EPFL, explains this paradox and calls on critics and public authorities to do something about it.

Environment - Architecture - 24.04.2018
Designing urban energy systems based on the urban climate
Designing urban energy systems based on the urban climate
As cities grow at an ever-faster pace, concerns about global warming rise and fossil fuels become increasingly scarce, cities will have to adopt more sustainable energy solutions. EPFL researchers have developed a model that can be used to design urban energy systems by analyzing the building not as a standalone structure but as one piece in an urban puzzle.

Environment - Architecture - 12.03.2018
Accurately measuring embodied carbon in buildings
Accurately measuring embodied carbon in buildings
Embodied carbon in the construction industry is a major factor of climate change, but it is rarely measured accurately.

Architecture - Computer Science / Telecom - 15.01.2018

Electroengineering - Architecture - 15.01.2018
Smart buildings that can manage our electricity needs
Smart buildings that can manage our electricity needs
Researchers at EPFL have developed a system that can be installed in a building to collect data on people's energy usage. The aim is then to send this data directly to a smart electric grid that will allocate resources optimally. A smart grid that decides how best to distribute energy based on availability, cost and customers' needs - that's the energy concept being developed by researchers in the School of Engineering's Electronics Laboratory.

Architecture - Environment - 08.01.2018
A small town affected by climate change
A small town affected by climate change
In the year 2100, temperatures at EPFL are expected to be similar to those currently experienced in Perugia, in central Italy.

Civil Engineering - Architecture - 12.10.2017
Construction prototype for ultra-thin roof
Construction prototype for ultra-thin roof
Researchers from ETH Zurich have built a prototype of an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof using innovative digital design and fabrication methods.

Civil Engineering - Architecture - 05.07.2017
Concrete from wood
Concrete from wood
Researchers from the National Research Programme "Resource Wood" have developed a type of concrete that largely consists of wood. The building material offers the construction industry new possibilities and is based in large part on renewable resources. Houses can be made of wood, as they were in the past - or of concrete, as they are today.

Architecture - Environment - 03.06.2017
A self-sufficient home with solar panels installed only on its facade
A self-sufficient home with solar panels installed only on its facade
EPFL, in association with the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg, the Geneva School of Art and Design and the University of Fribourg, is taking part in the 2017 international Solar Decathlon competition.

Civil Engineering - Architecture - 10.04.2017
Modern construction using long-forgotten techniques
Modern construction using long-forgotten techniques
Researchers at ETH Zurich's Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) have developed a concrete floor system that does not require steel reinforcement and is 70 percent lighter than conventional concrete floors.

Architecture - Environment - 16.03.2017
Measuring the impact of a city's buildings on the weather
Measuring the impact of a city's buildings on the weather
A new model developed at EPFL can help engineers and meteorologists quickly calculate the effect that city buildings have on local weather patterns. A blinds manufacturer is already interested in it, and climate scientists could be next. The shape of city buildings, how they are arranged, and the heat they generate all affect the local weather.

Life Sciences - Architecture - 21.02.2017
New computer model shows how proteins are controlled
New computer model shows how proteins are controlled "at a distance"
EPFL scientists have created a new computer model that can help better design of allosteric drugs, which control proteins ‘at a distance'. Enzymes are large proteins that are involved in virtually every biological process, facilitating a multitude of biochemical reactions in our cells. Because of this, one of the biggest efforts in drug design today aims to control enzymes without interfering with their so-called active sites - the part of the enzyme where the biochemical reaction takes place.

Architecture - 01.06.2016
A new dimension in analyzing metal structures
A new dimension in analyzing metal structures
01.06.16 - A new software program reduces the time needed to identify weak points in large structures like cranes, bridges and mining equipment from several days to several minutes.

Civil Engineering - Architecture - 01.04.2016
A wooden roof without beams for the cantonal parliament in Lausanne
A wooden roof without beams for the cantonal parliament in Lausanne
01.04.16 - All wood, no beams: the cantonal parliament in Lausanne, which is currently being rehabilitated, will be roofed using new wood construction technology researched and developed at EPFL.

Architecture - Computer Science / Telecom - 13.01.2016
3D mapping of entire buildings with mobile devices
3D mapping of entire buildings with mobile devices
Computer scientists working in a group led by ETH Professor Marc Pollefeys have developed a piece of software that makes it very easy to create 3D models of entire buildings.

Architecture - Computer Science / Telecom - 05.10.2015
"Rock Print" at the forefront of architectural innovation
Inspired to take 3D printing technology to new heights, ETH Zurich and MIT researchers create "Rock Print" a full-scale architectural installation for the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Architecture - 05.11.2012
The historical value of pre-fabricated buildings
The historical value of pre-fabricated buildings
Is post-war industrial and pre-fab architecture worth preserving and renovating? To answer this question, architects conducted a three-year pioneering study into the restoration of modern buildings.

Physics / Materials Science - Architecture - 08.06.2012
A solar sandwich to power future buildings
A solar sandwich to power future buildings
All in one: A new electricity generating building component is being developed.

Architecture - Physics / Materials Science - 14.05.2012
Light is good for our brains
Light is good for our brains
Scientists have proven that light intensity influences our cognitive performance and how alert we feel, and that these positive effects last until early evening. Tests conducted at EPFL have confirmed the hypothesis that light influences our subjective feeling of sleepiness. The research team, led by Mirjam Münch, also showed that the effects of light exposure last until the early evening, and that light intensity has an impact on cognitive mechanisms.

Architecture - 07.05.2012
Harnessing natural light
Harnessing natural light
Using the most recent generation windows, architects and lighting designers can to control daylight, directing it where they want within a room.