Université d’été 2012

Imagine a city where vehicles, people, objects, infrastructures can communicate with each other.
Imagine a city in which sensors collect information on flows, movements, environment, and redistribute them through innovative communication systems.

During the month fo August the city of Yverdon-les-Bains will host the 4th edition of the Université d’été organized by the Municipality and Urbano Creativo. After one week of lectures, there will be the possibility to partecipate to a three weeks workshop with the aim of developing projects on new methods of city communication, reporting, information divided on technological devices (using new hardwares, softwares, applications for smartphones and tablets) or classical. The projects will be carried out in the urban area of Yverdon-les-Bains, which is offered as an open-air laboratory.

The Academic Director of UdE 2012 is Mauro Martino (Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University) – Urban Interaction Design

The professors who will alternate during the week of lectures will be:
Eric Baczuk (Senseable City Lab)
•Nicola Perra –  MoBS (Northeastern University) – Complex networks and the network theory
•Emanuele Strano – LASIG, EPFL
•Francesco Calabrese – IBM Smart City
•Luigi Farrauto (Density Design Lab – Politecnico Milano) – Wayfinding
Olivier Liechti (HEIG-VD) – Pervasive computing
Daniel Rappo (HEIG-VD) –  Graphic Mapping Semiology
•Florent Joerin (HEIG-VD) –  Participatory processes and land use
•Luc Tomasetti (Municipalité YlB) – Flow management in the city and the new law on signage confederal
•Jean-Mark Sutterlet (Municipalité YlB) – The Smart City, the urban sensors, data management
•John Aubert (URBAT – Municipalité YiB) – Urban planning of the “smart” city
•Dominique Faesch (ADNV) – Tourism strategy and opportunity for the region of Yverdon-les-Bains
Sandy Wetzel (Y Parc) – Incubator et Y Parc
•Marc Atallah (Maison d’Ailleurs)
•Michele Vianello (Vega Park – Venice) – An intelligent city … and its relationship to water
•Maximilian Schich– Ambiguity, Heterogeneity and Dynamics
Sustainable City – Yverdon les Bains 2020
According to the estimates and the expected growth, the city of Yverdon-les-Bains will increase by 8 thousand inhabitants and 3 thousand jobs by 2020. The city has experienced a population growth measured in recent years which guarantees high quality of life. To maintain this quality of life and make it better, Yverdon-les-Bains will continue to firmly take the path of sustainable and responsible development started in 2010.
The coming years will be characterized by the strong development of the region Gare – Lac, also called “New Town”, between the railway station and the lake. In this sense the Municipality has worked on a new Mobility Plan, presented at the end of April 2012. The city needs a new Signage System to “translate” the new plan to people.
The Univeristé d’été is organized with the aim of developing a concept of signs that interfaces with innovative digital media, applications, software and tools (WiFi, ZigBee, GPS or other) that permit the dissemination of information (historical, tourist, sports facilities, theme visits …) in the town. The students will draw, modify or change the Urban signage of the city of Yverdon-les-Bains: planning should take into account the local town plan, the mobility one, the axes of the canals and the Lake Neuchâtel. Particular attention should be paid to the integration of systems with the local environment, both natural and architectural: events, natural elements (as water, most important element for the region), monuments, history, local architecture, but also biodiversity and landscape.

At the Université d’étè you will:

  • meet students and professionals from all over Europe
  • listen to lectures of professors coming from all over the World
  • partecipate to a workshop and create a new and innovative way to share information in the city
  • build a strong network and find new possibility of professional growth
  • see your project become reality and being implemented in Yverdon-les-Bains

Still not sure to partecipate?
Please just have a look at what happened on the previous editions of the Université d’été d’Yverdon-Les-Bains HERE.

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